With weathered hands once strong enough to bear the weight of a rifle and slabs of steel from deep in the quarries of Chicago, Rito Rodriguez rummaged through a lockbox of his treasured mementos, searching for a faded newspaper article.

Sitting in the comfort of his recliner, Rodriguez sorted through old Army badges and trinkets, sacred artifacts that remind him of his service in the 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.

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