This image shows American Gunnery Sergeant Ryan P. Shane (center) of Company B, 1st Battalion 8th Marine Regiment hurrying with a fellow Marine to try and rescue Sergeant Lonny Wells, who was fatally wounded by an insurgent sniper. Fallujah, Iraq. November 9th 2004. At the exact moment this picture was taken Shane himself was wounded in the stomach and lower body and he would collapse, but the other Marine managed to escape from the heavy sniper fire and had no injuries. The photographer, Corporal Joel A. Chaverri, soon set his camera down and grabbed a rifle. Both Shane and Wells were eventually pulled out of the street and over to safety as they were given covering fire by other Marines, but Sergeant Wells had tragically already died of his wounds. The enemy sniper's fate is unknown. Gunnery Sergeant Shane did manage to survive, but he had several severe wounds on his lower body and it took him a very long time to recover. His wife is also reported to have eventually left him and even moved to a different state. Shane had a series of extensive surgeries and he was ultimately forced to have a medical discharge from the United States Marine Corp. Although pictures of combat dead or fatally wounded Marines were normally banned by the Pentagon, a special excemption was made for this photo as it was felt that this truly captured the spirit of the United States Marine Corp and the United States Armed Forces in general, and also supported the montra that no man should ever be left behind. As a result, after proper notification of Lenny Wells' family and after also receiving their permission, the photo was published by the United States Marine Corp. Ryan P. Shane would eventually be awarded a Bronze Star in 2005 for his actions that day in Fallujah, but he himself said that the situation was very hard to deal with and that although getting the Bronze Star was his greatest achievement as a United States Marine: "It was also my greatest failure. I didn't save Lonny that day..."