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“He was looking forward to his retirement in four years,” Mr. Gingrey added, “but very proud of his service to his country.”
The command sergeant major’s final day was a heroic one, in many ways. Shortly before a roadside bomb ripped into his Humvee north of Baghdad, he’d explained in a letter home why he didn’t sign up for a two-week leave to visit his family — he didn’t want to leave behind a 1st Armored Division comrade who didn’t qualify for the pass.
An hour or so before he died, he had heard about an injured soldier in urgent need of O-positive blood. So he rushed to a field hospital and donated his own blood, then raced back to rejoin his doomed convoy.
Recently, Sgt. Cooke was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
Rapidly spreading ancestral roots and branches digitally mapped out by the Family Forest Project reveal closer family ties than originally thought between President Bush and Democratic challenger Sen. John Kerry.
Heck, the two are related.
According to a fully sourced ancestral history lineage-linked in the Family Forest Web page, Mr. Bush and Mr. Kerry now are calculated to be at least 9th cousins twice removed. And as more of the pair’s ancestral lines continue to grow, the relationship might become even closer, experts say.
On top of that, Mr. Bush and Mr. Kerry have several intriguing cousins in common: Walt Disney, Michael Douglas, Clint Eastwood, the Wright Brothers, Meriwether Lewis, Hugh Hefner, Clara Barton, Georgia O’Keeffe, Princess Diana — and even former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.
Other members of the proud Bush-Kerry family include Benedict Arnold, Crown Prince Leka II of the Albanians, Prince Emanuel Filiberto of Italy, Crown Princess Margarita of Romania, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Princess Alexandra of Greece, Crown Prince Felipe of Spain, singer David Crosby and finally, um, John Hinckley Jr.
John McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or email@example.com.
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