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Jaimeson Bard, Tonganoxie, thought he wanted to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps, but a Marine recruiter joked Bard was too smart and instead should enlist in the Army. Bard took the advice and has served in Afghanistan, working on a helicopter crew.

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Choice of Army lands soldier on helicopter crew

On what seemed like an ordinary Tuesday morning Sept. 11, 2001, Jaimeson Bard was sitting in a freshman math class at Tonganoxie High School when he heard news that would change his life forever.

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