1 Fort Bragg, NCNovember 4, 1979
Charlene Hawkins screamed at the top of her lungs.
“Come on, push, baby!” her husband Brady said earnestly. Staff Sergeant Brady Hawkins squeezed her hand tightly.
“Can’t you see, I’m trying,” Charlene grunted in a southern drawl. Then, she gave one last forceful push before Doctor Randall Scott lifted the blood-covered baby high for all to see. The clock in the background showed 5:55 PM when Brady took the picture.
“We have ourselves a boy, babe!” Brady said excitedly.
Charlene’s breathing was slowing back to normal and drops of sweat streaked down her whiter than normal cheeks. Piercing blue eyes highlighted her pleasant face, eyes that all but revealed her determined character to consume whatever she desired.
The nurse brought the crying baby to her, wrapped in a blue-green towel. Charlene smiled the smile of a very proud mother. “Heah you are, ma precious little boy.


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