Mother of a Fallen Soldier
LISTEN TO AILEEN GENTRY'S DIARY
APRIL 21, 2003 · On Feb. 27, 1991, the first President Bush announced the end of the war in Iraq. Like so many other mothers across the country, Aileen Gentry celebrated. Her son, Army Staff Sgt. Kenneth Gentry, had been serving in the Gulf for months, and she badly wanted him home. It wasn't until March 1 that Aileen found out her son had been killed -- shot by Iraqi soldiers just hours before the Bush announcement. These days, with another war in Iraq winding down, Aileen says she's been spending a great deal of time thinking about the day she learned of her son's death. This is Aileen Gentry's War Diary.
But anyway, we got the word on March 1. That night, we did not think the military would come here because he had a wife in Germany, and we knew they would go to the first of kin, you know. But she called her parents that lived in Clarksville, which is like 50 miles from here, and told them to come and tell us -- not to call us, but to come and tell us. They came up that morning, and then that night, the military came here to tell us about it.
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