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Bulger's Beat: WWI photo sparks memories for daughter

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

On this Veteran's Day we salute the men and women who served this country in times of war and peace.

Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans are certainly on our minds, but for one Nashville woman this day brings back memories of nearly 100 years ago.

Most everyone has a story that touches the heart on Veteran's Day. Mary Joe Richardson's story touches 12 decades.

"This right here was a picture of my father. His name was Leslie Burrow and he got drafted in about 1917," she said.

In a photo stored in Mary Joe's family closets since her childhood, the subjects are not smiling. The men of The Salvage Division were photographed while in training at Camp Jackson in South Carolina, about to join World War I.

"I just wanted to share it and see if anyone else could pick up their daddy or grandfather from this picture," she said.

Finding her father in the middle of the men was easy. Shoulders back, standing at attention was always his way.

"And he always carried it all through his life, never slumped or anything," she said.

Mary Joe does not know any details about these men - who survived, who did not or who did what.

But she does know her father's role.

"I believe he was a cook. Always loved to cook," she said.

Fried chicken with green apples were his go-to dish.

The single snapshot offers a glimpse of the men who served long ago, two years before there even was a Veteran's Day.

"It just means so much to have a picture of him when he was young," Mary Joe said.

If you think you recognize someone in that photo and would like to get in touch with Mary Joe, contact Terry Bulger at 353-2374 or email terry.bulger@wsmv.com.

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