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10/14/2015 01:30 am ET Updated Oct 14, 2015

Jim Webb: I Killed An Enemy Soldier

Webb, a Marine veteran, was awarded a Navy Cross for valor in Vietnam.

Former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) had the strangest answer Tuesday when CNN debate moderator Anderson Cooper asked each Democratic presidential candidate to name an enemy he or she had made.

"I would have to say the enemy soldier that threw the grenade that wounded me, but he's not around right now to talk to," Webb said, smiling.

Webb, a Marine veteran, was awarded a Navy Cross for valor in Vietnam. He'd been approaching a bunker when an enemy soldier threw a grenade his way,according to the award citation.

"Observing the grenade land dangerously close to his companion, First Lieutenant Webb simultaneously fired his weapon at the enemy, pushed the Marine away from the grenade, and shielded him from the explosion with his own body," the citation says. "Although sustaining painful fragmentation wounds from the explosion, he managed to throw a grenade into the aperture and completely destroy the remaining bunker."

The other debate candidates listed Iranians, the National Rifle Association and various industries and special interest groups as their enemies.

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