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Captain Iván Castro

Photograph By Andrew Hetherington for ESPN The Magazine

Castro gets dressed before dawn the morning of the marathon. On his back are two tattoos. On his left shoulder: An eagle backdropped by the American flag and the POW/MIA logo, holding two arrows, underscored by the date "Sept. 2." It is also missing a talon and its left eye. On his right shoulder: An angel bordered by two sets of footprints that merge into one, underscored by the Latin phrase "Ecce ego, mitte me," which is the Latin translation of the Bible verse Isaiah 6:8, when Isaiah says to God, "Here I am, send me." He got both tattoos after the mortar round.