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February 25, 2009

Goodbye to Grandpa

Robin Sagadraca's father Bob was buried Thursday in Arlington National Cemetery. A member of the "Greatest Generation," the elder Sagadraca never spoke much about his wartime experiences in the Army. But the few stories that Robin and his son Ross have heard were vivid. There was the time Grandpa got shot in the head, and the time he refused the Purple Heart.

Ross has just finished Army basic training. He is 18. He signed up for the Army primarily because of the access to college money, but also because he wanted to keep the family tradition of service alive. Ross expects to be deployed to Afghanistan and was in full dress uniform at his grandfather's funeral.

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