Magazine September 30, 2019, Issue

Don Bolduc’s New Hampshire Senate Campaign

Then–brigadier general Donald Bolduc in Chad, 2016 (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Meet 2020’s other Donald

Concord, N.H.

Don Bolduc says he doesn’t remember the blast from the 2,000-pound bomb that fell on him in Afghanistan. He does remember the loud whistle before impact: “That’s a sound you don’t forget.” He also remembers regaining consciousness a few moments later, after the explosion had tossed him two or three dozen feet. The detonation was so powerful, it blew Bolduc’s wedding ring off his finger. “We’d all lost a lot of weight over there, so it was loose.” A sergeant found it in the rubble.

The friendly-fire accident on December 5, 2001, killed some 200 Afghan and three American soldiers

This article appears as “That Other Donald” in the September 30, 2019, print edition of National Review.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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