Fathers and Sons: Leader of Rakkasans carries flag into combat as father did 4 decades ago

  • by: BRETT BARROUQUERE , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 14, 2014 - 10:50 AM

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — Like many soldiers, Lt. Col. Patrick Harkins has a veteran father who knows firsthand the stress of wartime deployments. One big difference is that Harkins' dad led the very same unit of paratroopers known as the Iron Rakkasans into combat decades earlier.

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