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Funds raised to help slain soldier’s son

armytrust_m.jpgWhen Army Capt. Richard G. Cliff Jr. was killed Sept. 29 in Afghanistan, he left behind a month-old son. The Mount Pleasant, S.C., native was a 2002 graduate of Appalachian State University. Members of the High Country Chapter of the Military Officers Association in Watauga County have contributed $1,000 to a trust fund established for Cliff’s son. John Alley, left, past president of HCMOAA, and Bob Gibbard, right, association treasurer, presented the contribution to Kevin Choe who accepted the contribution on behalf of the Cliff family. Choe is an Appalachian senior and a cadet in the ROTC program at the university. Alley is a retired colonel with the U.S Army Reserves. Gibbard, a retired major with the U.S. Army, is an academic advisor at Appalachian. (Photo by Jane Nicholson)