Military Reunion

By: Tamara Evans
By: Tamara Evans

Two men with two completely different roles in the war in Iraq are brought together for the first time in two years.

Retired gunnery sergenat Gregory Hudson and Associated Press radio reporter Ross Simpson are reunited and looking back on a war they both say cannot be forgotten.

"This was the first unit that invaded Iraq...we went into Iraq 9 1/2 hours ahead of everyone else...fought the first battle of the war...suffered the first casualty of the war", Ross Simpson says.

"I had fought in Desert Storm in 1991...I went to Haiti when they had uprisings there in 1994...but this was unlike any other", says Gregory Hudson.

For months, these two men worked together in Iraq; Gregory Hudson, a soldier fighting in the war, and Ross Simpson, a reporter just trying to tell the soldiers stories.

"I remember not sleeping for the first 3 days of the war ...that's a long time. That was twice as long as I've gone on any other assignment in 44 years...it's almost beyond the thought of human endurance", says Simpson.

"It affects you....for a moment it affects you....but you know that you have a job that you have to do", says Hudson.

Reporter Ross Simpson is now living in Washington D.C., and Gregory Hudson is living in Edmonson County. Both men say that if it weren't for the Veteran's from wars past, they wouldn't have had the opportunity to be part of the war in Iraq.


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