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Finishing Jeremy's mission

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on November 11, 2009 1:46 PM

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Jeremy Hodge poses with his gun in Iraq. The young man was deployed with the Ohio Army National Guard 612th Engineer Battalion's Bravo Company.

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U.S. Air Force photo courtesy of Maj. Shannon Mann

Michele Norris talks about the experience of losing a son to war. Her 20-year-old son, Jeremy, was killed in Iraq Oct. 10, 2005, when an Improvised Explosive Device erupted underneath the vehicle he was driving at the front of a convoy.

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Mrs. Norris is sworn in at a re-enlistment ceremony in Quantico, Va., by U.S. Marine Corps Col. Rich Anderson. She said she is re-enlisting, in part, because of the example set by her son, Jeremy, who was killed in combat.

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. -- Michele Norris can still see her son, Jeremy, sitting on the couch with his sisters -- laughing as the siblings constantly quote whichever comedy they happen to be watching. She can hear him say, "Hollywood out" at...

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