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An extraordinary life

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Six hundred and eight three killed in Afghanistan. Four thousand, two hundred and ninety six killed in Iraq. Many stories of incredible lives, often amazing sacrifices.

This is one such story.

Army Maj. Steven Hutchison survived two tours of Vietnam as a member of the 101st Airborne. He left the Army once after serving 22 years, retiring to teach military science at Claremont College in California. He later worked as a researcher for a health care company in Arizona.

But then duty called again. His wife resisted when he want to re-enlist after 9.11, but after she died of breast cancer in 2006 he rejoined a year later, at age 59.

He survived a tour in Afghanistan, but was killed this week in Iraq when a car bomb struck as he trained forces from that country to secure their homeland.

At 60, he was the oldest member of any U.S. service to die during the current wars.

From the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Iraq, “he’s been a soldier his whole life,” his brother Richard Hutchison, of Mesa, Arizona told a television station.

“He hadn’t been drafted, he didn’t have to go, and he chose that he felt that he could serve and make a difference,” Army spokesman Lt. Col. Nathan Banks told The Arizona Republic.

Online memorial book for Maj. Hutchinson.

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