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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Milwaukee family welcomes home 71 year old soldier from Afghanistan

Family welcomes home 71-year-old Bill Ray from Afghanistan
FOX Milwaukee
by Beverly Taylor
August 20, 2013

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Major Bill Ray has retired from the military many times. Just back from a tour of duty overseas, he says at the age of 71, he’s now retiring for good.

FOX6 News was there as Ray’s family welcomed him home from Afghanistan on Tuesday, August 20th.

Ray’s grandchildren were there with “welcome home” signs in hand. They say they’re proud of their grandpa.

“I think he’s such a good guy that he was able to be in the Army for that long and get to serve the country for awhile,” Katie Sadiq said.

Ray joined the Army in 1959, got out in ’52, joined the Reserves, got back into the Army in ’70, went into MP’s and intelligence, “retired” in ’90, and became a Department of Army Civilian or DAC, went to Kuwait in the beginning of 2005, served three tours in Iraq, retired to Elkhart Lake, taught in Arizona at the intelligence school, and then last year, headed to Afghanistan at the Army’s request.
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