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Father of general slain in Afghanistan attack remembers his son

Published on Aug 7, 2014 5:24 AM

GUILDERLAND, (New York) (REUTERS) - The father of Major-General Harold J. Greene on Wednesday described his son, killed in an Afghanistan insider attack a day earlier, as "unique to the military," a popular kid whose intellect led to his military success.

In an interview at his home in upstate New York, Harold F. Greene told the story of a boy who made a city out of a sand dune, was so smart that Guilderland High School allowed him to skip his senior year, and, as an adult, shaped the weapons used by the military.

"(He) was a kid I could be proud of," his father said. "It's our country that lost, really."

The eldest son of Harold F. Greene and his wife Eva, who died in February 2013, found an "accidental" route to his military career, his father said.

US Army Brigadier-General Harold J. Greene is pictured in this August 25, 2005 handout photograph, obtained on August 5, 2014. Greene was killed and more than a dozen people were wounded, including a German general, in the latest insider attack by a man believed to be an Afghan soldier, US, German and Afghan officials said on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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