The Daily Times
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.