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Marine takes break from war in Iraq

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“When I saw those guys coming home, I guess I wanted to go and do my part,” Gates said. “My dad was a Navy veteran and his brother was in the military, so I decided I’d join. Plus, I wasn’t going anywhere around here.”

It didn’t take Gates long to “go somewhere” in the Marine Corps. After boot camp and a couple of schools, it was off to Okinawa. Following that assignment there were stops in North Carolina, Maryland and
California.

Then there was Iraq.

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