Vietnam-era soldier retires from National Guard

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A soldier with a career spanning the Vietnam War to the current fighting in Iraq has finally hung up his boots.

Sgt. Mike Weathers of the Tennessee Army National Guard's 1-181st Field Artillery Battalion based in Chattanooga retired on Saturday. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that Weathers was the only remaining Vietnam veteran still on active duty with the unit.

Weathers was drafted into the Army in 1970 with and did a tour in Vietnam the 101st Airborne Division now based at Fort Campbell, Ky. He left the full-time military, but joined the reserves in 1975.

Weathers served in Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and in Operation Iraqi Freedom at Camp Bucca, Iraq from 2007-08.

Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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