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Video: An Army of One … brave little soldier

posted at 5:26 pm on December 22, 2012 by

Pull out the hankies for this story. When an Army major in Kuwait found out that a 10-year-old boy in his home town was undergoing treatment for cancer and that his life’s ambition was to serve in the Army, he rounded up soldiers in the Albany area to make a dream come true.

According to the Albany Herald, Maj. Norland James spoke to Quarles over Skype after a friend of his who is a nurse at Gilchrest Hospice Center in Baltimore — where the 10-year-old spends most of his time — told her about the boy and how he loved the idea of being in the army.

James said he liked the idea of being able to video chat with Quarles, but he wanted to do more than that. He spoke to some servicemen from Ft. Meade, which is near the hospice, and arranged for a surprise for Quarles.

James and Quarles spoke for about 15 minutes before James told the child to go outside. When he did, there were about 25 military and civilian personnel standing outside his home. Quarles, who was already dressed in military fatigues, sat in front of American flag and was then approached by Captain Brandon Crawford.

“It came to my attention that one of your lifelong ambitions was to become a soldier,” Crawford said. “So I brought a few of my troops here to make you an honorary member of the United States Army. What do you think of that?”

Quarles smiled and nodded. His dream was finally coming true.

I’d write more, but something just flew into my eye.

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Don’t you just hate winter allergies?

JPeterman on December 22, 2012 at 5:46 PM

A lot of stuff is flying into eyes. I got hit by some.

FOWG1 on December 22, 2012 at 6:36 PM

He’s a nice looking boy. Looks older and acts more mature than most 10 year olds.

Blake on December 22, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Khalil Quarles is one of the bravest young Soldiers I have ever seen. If his cancer goes into remission, I would love to see him in “Dress Blues and Tennis Shoes” on his fifteenth birthday.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on December 22, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Just… there are no words.


Yakko77 on December 23, 2012 at 1:36 AM

Our soldiers are the best

Dollayo on December 23, 2012 at 7:22 AM

Thank you, Ed.

Know It All on December 23, 2012 at 8:13 AM

I hope that little boy pulls through. I can not imagine going through that as his mother. Our troops are awesome!

Night Owl on December 24, 2012 at 5:25 AM