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A bittersweet Thanksgiving 6,500 miles apart
A bittersweet Thanksgiving 6,500 miles apart

The family will gather at Bill and Rose Stevens' two-story home in Perry Hall early Thursday afternoon, just as they've done every Thanksgiving for 25 years. Rose, a nurse, will do most of the cooking. Bill, a retired firefighter, will set up the buffet in the kitchen and the chairs around the dining-room table. More than 20 aunts and cousins, uncles and grandkids will fill their plates at three o'clock and stay as long as they like. But this year, one family member will be 6,500 miles and many worlds away. Marshall Stevens, Bill and Rose's youngest, will be having his Thanksgiving dinner in the desert Middle East, where he's helping the United States fight a...