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In this family, you get married before you go off to war

ROCK HILL, S.C. _ The first name this time, Saturday, was Bradley. But the last name in front of the preacher, when war is imminent, was Moss. Again.

Your name is Moss and you grow up in Indian Land and then Chester and are a National Guardsman in the Fort Mill-based unit. You are leaving sooner or later to go to wars that will not cease. You do one thing first.

"You get married," Bradley Moss said. "Then you go fight."

Bradley Moss is 21 years old.

Before you fight al Qaida or the Taliban, you ask the lady you love to get married. She always says yes.

This time, on Saturday, Ashley Gantt said yes to the Moss named Bradley.

It all started in 2003, this family of soldiers and weddings. A cold February morning, Chris Hoagland from Chester, a sergeant in the Fort Mill guard unit, had orders to go to Iraq. His longtime love named Bonnie Moss, with four teenage sons and a daughter from a previous marriage, listened to Chris say they should get married before he shipped out five days later.

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