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Grambling man recalls military experience

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Rutledge served in Army during Vietnam, Korean wars
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Grambling resident William Rutledge spent time in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

Grambling State University student William Rutledge didn’t have any intention of joining the military in 1947 when he was walking down the street with one of his friends in his hometown of New Orleans, but life had other plans for him.

“I was at Grambling (State University) in ’46 and ’47, and I didn’t come back to school for the fall of ’47,” Rutledge said. “I was walking the street, and one of the Army recruiters drove by and stopped and gave us a pep talk. So, we decided we would join the Army.”

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