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Friday, October 21, 2016

Berlin cop serves town and country

Cpl. Merle Bragg was less than 24 hours away from another lengthy deployment with the U.S. Army National Guard. It would have been a familiar story for the 50-year-old veteran, before the state granted a hardship approval memorandum to keep him on duty with the Berlin Police Department.

A native of northern Maine, Bragg said the service “kicked [him] around” between different units until he ended up in Maryland 26 years ago. He has been a member of the Berlin Police force for two decades.

For Bragg, entry into the service had been a foregone conclusion since middle school.

“I joined the delayed entry program with the Army between my junior and senior year of high school. I told my dad when I was 12, I wanted to be a soldier,” he said. “I was a farmer [and] didn’t want to be a farmer. I wanted to do something else.

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11 comments:

Anonymous said...

“I joined the delayed entry program with the Army between my junior and senior year of high school. I told my dad when I was 12, I wanted to be a soldier,”

Apparently he didn't want to be a soldier anymore.

Anonymous said...

A corporal at 50?

Not Quite Understanding said...

He is a Sargeant Major in the National Guard and a corporal on the Berlin PD. I know the man.

Anonymous said...

He thinks he's a sergeant major but he wouldn't make a good pimple on a corporals ass.

Anonymous said...

Always went when army called?!

Unknown said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
He thinks he's a sergeant major but he wouldn't make a good pimple on a corporals ass.

October 21, 2016 at 6:33 PM

what would make a good pimple?

Anonymous said...

Ur a REAL ahole pos.

Anonymous said...

Bunch of COWARDS ABOVE.

Anonymous said...

Happy looking bloke. NOT!

Anonymous said...

He's willing to save our butts multiple ways. How about you clowns piping down?

Anonymous said...

No combat. Just a jailer.