Stories of Honor: Helena's Andrew Person served as Paratrooper in Iraq and Afghanistan

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Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Andrew Person, an Army Paratrooper with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, was part of the initial invasion with Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Growing up in Montana’s Capital City, among Person’s early life lessons came while playing youth baseball, as a right fielder for the city champion FenceCrafters team in the Babe Ruth League.

Andrew Person in Afghanistan

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“I still think about the lessons coaches Scott Seacat and Johnny Keintz taught us,” Person, 42, said in a recent interview, “mostly, that to win, you have to want it more than the other guy.”

He graduated from Helena High in 1997, where he competed in cross country, speech and debate. “In cross country, I learned to endure suffering, (while) speech and debate prepared me for college.”

Person signed up for the Army Reserves a few days after he turned 17, and needed his mother’s signature in order to be able to join at that age.

He attended Gonzaga University, where he obtained a B.A. in political science, and was commissioned as an officer after completing ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Course).

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