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Boucher sending deer jerky to Iraq

By Staff | May 18, 2011

Ed Boucher is sending six pounds of deer jerky to PFC David Russell, his wife’s niece’s grandson, at Camp Liberty, Iraq. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

One winter in Korea, Ed Boucher froze his feet. He froze them so badly, in fact, that to this day he sometimes has to stamp them on the floor to get rid of the stinging needles that still remind him of the invading North Koreans, the endless divisions of Chinese reinforcements and the war that no politicians wanted to call a war but that the soldiers and Marines thought would never end.

Maybe, just maybe, that’s why Ed’s sending deer jerky to Iraq.

The package of jerky is going to Ed’s wife Colleen’s niece’s grandson, PFC David Russell, at Camp Liberty Iraq. The six-pound package will no doubt be welcomed by the troops who will find the corn-fed Iowa whitetail to their liking.

After returning home from the Korean Conflict where he drove lead tank in his battalion, Boucher worked in packing houses for 30 years. So he knows how to carve up a deer carcass.

Boucher is on call from law enforcement agencies whenever someone has a car-deer collision. Boucher is often there before the deer dies, and harvests the animal – with a little deer jerky going back to the guys in blue.

This time Ed thought it would be a good idea to give a little jerky to the guys in green.

Nice gesture, Ed. Very nice. And just in time for Memorial Day.