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Sixgun_Symphony
11-15-2004, 01:35
The Daily Times (http://thedailytimes.com/sited/story/html/178453)

2004-11-14
by Rain Smith
The Associated Press

KINGSPORT -- One of the fundamentals of life as combat soldiers is the buddy system. When one rests, the other is alert. It's a guarantee that someone is watching out for you.

While the war on terrorism has changed many things, it hasn't altered the Army's buddy system. But have you ever heard of a soldier whose combat buddy is his grandpa?

Sgt. Larry Bledsoe, 51, and his grandson Pfc. Richard Rutherford, 19, are ready to fight side by side along the Iraq/Iran border as members of Kingsport's Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 278th Regimental Combat Team.

On Thursday, the two marched in a parade and took part in a send-off ceremony at Camp Shelby, Miss., where the 278th has trained since June.

*full story* (http://thedailytimes.com/sited/story/html/178453)

CarlosDJackal
11-19-2004, 16:29
Okay, something doesn't compute right here. I may have missed something but the 51-year old Sgt was 32 when he became a Grandfather (since his Grandson is currently 19). So either the kid was born to very young parents, or his parents were born very young!!

coverdog
11-25-2004, 07:10
Originally posted by CarlosDJackal
Okay, something doesn't compute right here. I may have missed something but the 51-year old Sgt was 32 when he became a Grandfather (since his Grandson is currently 19). So either the kid was born to very young parents, or his parents were born very young!!

Probably from down south.;f

Ghost-1
11-26-2004, 19:04
Originally posted by coverdog
Probably from down south.;f

Yeah what do you expect from TN.;f