My Good Luck Charm

My Good Luck Charm

Soldiers deployed in Iraq reflect upon the personal objects that they feel keep them safe and protected. (AP)

The Killer Blue unit served a 15-month tour at the intersection of two of the most dangerous roads in Mosul, Iraq. Many of the unit’s soldiers carry some object with them which they call their lucky charm.

From a teddy bear, a rosary, an ultrasound picture, a grandfather’s WWII dog tags to a family photo and a restaurant receipt, these objects remind the men of home and hopefully help to keep them safe. One soldier says he is his own lucky charm.

Combining black-and-white photographs with video interviews, this Associated Press project is a quiet and contemplative story set amid the rubble and chaos of the war in Iraq.

The video won first place in the National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism 2009 feature video category for larger publications.

“Killer Blue Baptized by Fire,” a four-part video story published in 2009, follows up on the lives of the seven soldiers.

CHANNEL: Associated Press

Length: 5:00

Photography by Maya Alleruzzo
Videography by Evan Vucci