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Former Captain Makes History in Pageant World

Raquel Riley Thomas isn’t your typical veteran. After joining the Army in 1990 as an enlisted photojournalist, she became an ordnance officer through the Green to Gold program; she left the service as a captain in 2002. Fewer than eight years later, she was crowned first runner-up as Mrs. America.

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Military Retiree and History Professor Finds New Career in Film

As a history professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., the career path of Greg Daddis, who has a doctorate in American history, couldn’t have been further from the movie business. However, after two executives visited the school on a research trip, the former Army armored cavalry colonel found himself part of the team for The Vietnam War, the latest project by noted documentarians Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

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