Steven Cheek

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Sometimes you get an idea that you just can’t shake. For 12 year old Steven Cheek that idea was that he would be the first person in his family to join the military and he would become a Marine infantryman. That was in the late 90s. After the Sept. 11 attacks he only was more convinced that he needed to join and to fight. His parents had signed him up for early entry, but his joining wasn’t something they were thrilled about, or took lightly. As the War in Iraq started up it was the dominant theme in the Cheek household.

Anthony Russo