Wednesday, April 2, 2003

Teacher concerned for ex-students

Tristate reacts to war

CARROLLTON, Ohio - A history teacher and wrestling coach at Carrollton High School is concerned for two former students he coached who now are serving in Iraq.

His concern is based on experience. Brian Davis, 36, served in the Gulf War. He was in the Marines for six years, starting in 1985.

Two of his former wrestlers are in Iraq: Nick Taylor in the Air Force and Kenny Wilson in the Army. "They are two tough kids," said Davis. "Knowing we have guys like that defending us makes me feel a lot better."

When asked what he would tell them right now, he resorted to a familiar role. "I'd probably be a coach to them," Davis said, laughing. "I'd tell them to stay alert and not let their guard down."

Many residents around Ft. Campbell mourn slain paratrooper

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Communities surrounding Fort Campbell reacted with sadness Monday to news of the first battle-related death within the 101st Airborne Division since the U.S.-led war with Iraq began.

A member of the 101st was killed Monday when Iraqi fighters dressed as civilians opened fire in fighting around Najaf, officials said.

While the name of the solider was not immediately released, many residents near Fort Campbell said they feel it personally.

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