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We didn’t know it was possible to become legitimately choked up while watching Dancing With the Stars, but J.R. Martinez proved it possible Monday night.

There weren’t many dry eyes left in the room following the Iraq War veteran’s moving life story of injury and redemption, followed by an emotional dance.

After J.R. finished his rumba with Karina Smirnoff, the All My Children actor seemed taken aback by what he’s been through – not just on DWTS but in life.

Here’s Martinez’s full segment on last night’s show:

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Only Ricki Lake (27) topped J.R. (26) among Monday’s Dancing With the Stars scores. Along with Chynna Phillips (26), they look like the three to beat.