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Saturday, January 12, 2013
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Keys on the route in ride to recovery
Public invited to show support in Soldier Ride's final stretch

It was dark when the helicopter slammed into the ground.

"Always at night," Nathan Cruz said. "The darker the better. We only fly at night. That's how we got our name."

In 2008, the San Juan, Puerto Rico, native was the Chinook door-gunner somewhere over Afghanistan when a rocket slammed into one of the helicopter's engines. As flight engineer, his job w...

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