Belgian Teen Gets Wish to be U.S. Soldier

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A 16-year-old Belgian boy with cancer who listened to his grandfather tell stories about United States soldiers during World War II has gotten a chance to be one of those soldiers.

The Courier-Journal and The News-Enterprise report Antoine Brisbois was at Fort Knox on Tuesday for the first of a two-day visit that includes working alongside soldiers and training. Brisbois, who developed bone cancer at age 12, was able to make the visit through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which worked with the U.S. Army to coordinate it.

During his first day at the central Kentucky Army post, he rode in an armored truck while dressed in full combat gear, fire blanks alongside a 3rd Brigade combat unit in training and disarmed explosives.

He said fulfilling his dream made him "extremely happy."

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