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  • A few weeks shy of 27, Pulaski was the oldest cadet at West Point this year, an ex-sergeant and one of about 30 former enlisted soldiers who have already been to war.

    Worried They Will Miss the War

  • By 1968, when the ex-sergeant major of the US Army gave an anti-war speech to a convention of disabled Vietnam Veterans against the War, the people had decided.

    Watching the Iraq Hearings With Petraeus and Crocker - The Lede Blog - NYTimes.com

  • Present were Father Serra, three of his Franciscans, Governor Felipe de Neve, and the ex-sergeant, José Ortega, now a lieutenant after Father Serra's unsuccessful campaign to have him appointed governor of California.

    Archive 2006-03-01

  • The ex-sergeant was busy staunching the blood of a long scratch on his cheek.

    Falk, by Joseph Conrad

  • On the third day he thanked the maimed ex-sergeant and told him the story of Ralphie and Linda.

    Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned

  • This bloke, ex-sergeant, had asked the C.O. for a reference, set him up in Civvy Street, and the C.O. had written in his file: 'Suitable for petrol pump attendant.'

    Civvies

  • He had bought the foul stuff that passed for wine from one such commercial traveler, and the surplus - canvas had come from an enterprising young ex-sergeant who had bought up hundreds of old tents cheap when the border camps were disbanded.

    The Misenchanted Sword

  • A man who was clearly an ex-sergeant, superb in a crested baize apron, motioned him towards an inner room.

    Cargo of Eagles

  • I hailed him by name, and asked him why he had left his old regiment He told me that he was suffering from hernia and pulmonary consumption; and when I left the place, after seeing the picture on glass which I had been invited to view, I enjoyed the sweetest vengeance of my lifetime in tipping the ex-sergeant half-a-crown, and in leaving him without any disclosure of my own identity.

    Recollections With Photogravure Portrait of the Author and a number of Original Letters, of which one by George Meredith and another by Robert Louis Stevenson are reproduced in facsimile

  • "Huh," ejaculated the ex-sergeant gruffly as he dug up the war-tax, "I think we bought it."

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