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Old 11-15-2004, 02:35   #1
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Grandfather, grandson head off to war in Iraq

The Daily Times

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.

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Old 11-19-2004, 17:29   #2
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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!!
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Old 11-25-2004, 08:10   #3
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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
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Old 11-26-2004, 20:04   #4
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Probably from down south.;f
Yeah what do you expect from TN.;f
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