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Brothers in arms

By Fatima Rahmatullah - email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A real life story of brothers in arms.  Two brothers, one living and one not.   United once again at today's graduation for the Third Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division.

Sergeant Andrew Perkins was killed March 5, 2007 in an IED incident in Samarra, Iraq.  His brother, Specialist Aaron Perkins wanted to follow in his footsteps and be a paratrooper. 

Colonel Bryan Owens says he had no choice but to make that request a reality for Specialist Perkins.  Perkins wanted to serve in the same unit his brother did. 

Perkins says, "Him and I use to spend many good nights rolling around our mountain bikes racing as fast as we could... and sit and drink Coke and just talk."

The talk turned to action and Andrew enlisted.  Even though he was the younger brother, he passed on big brother advice to Aaron. 

"Never quit we can't give up," said Sgt... Perkins. 

Two years after his brother's death on the battlefield, Aaron found himself literally following in his brother's footsteps.  Serving his country on the same Iraqi soil, serving in the same unit with the same men. 

"It just made it worth it how they talked about my brother that's what made it important to be able to hear them talk about him," says Perkins. 

The memories and emotions run deep.  Perkins finds himself getting his airborne wings, just like his brother did. 

 

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