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The single military father: A balance of nobility

Story by Cpl. Thomas Mudd
Posted 06.16.2016

When Gunnery Sgt. Ira first enlisted in the Marine Corps he never imagined he would become a father. As he quickly rose through the ranks, his focus was on being an exemplary Marine and having children wasn’t ever in the cards. Everything changed at 4:01 a.m. the day before Halloween, when his son, Jessen, was born and he held him for the first time. Military careers change, as do family dynamics, but in the years to come, he would learn to master the craft of balancing the responsibilities of a Marine Corps gunnery sergeant and those of a single father.

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