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Grandfather, grandson head off to war in Iraq

Discussion in 'Veteran's Forum' started by Sixgun_Symphony, Nov 15, 2004.

  1. Sixgun_Symphony

    Sixgun_Symphony NRA4EVR

    Apr 16, 2002
    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.

    *full story*
  2. CarlosDJackal


    Dec 10, 2000
    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!!

  3. coverdog

    coverdog Platinum Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Southern US
    Probably from down south.;f
  4. Ghost-1


    Nov 21, 2004
    Yeah what do you expect from TN.;f