BENNINGTON — There was always an excuse.

The days were long. He was too tired. He never had the time.

They were, of course, good excuses.

Bennington Army recruiter Sgt. Ron Davis nearly sweat himself dry in the summer of 1995, slaving over the construction of a new runway at the Altus Air Force Base in Altus, Okla. It was hard, honest work for a grown man, and Davis was only a 19-year-old civilian at the time.

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Matthew Tuthill