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Army-Navy game has become a tradition for pair who met on battlefield

Army-Navy game has become a tradition for pair who met on battlefield

Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Major was 10 months into his first deployment in Iraq with the Third Armored Division, having recently returned from a two-week leave back in Baltimore.

Lt. Col. Jim Reed was in the last of his four deployments to Iraq, having spent the second half of his 27-year military career pinballing between war zones there and in Afghanistan as a nurse anesthetist.

It was Nov. 10, 2006. As often happens between medical support staff and infantrymen in battle, their meeting was under the worst of circumstances — at night in a dark alley in Ramadi. Major and his company were chasing an insurgent when an IED blew up underneath the street. Reed's company, attached...

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