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Kid makes it big in the Army

Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 1:13 pm

When Joseph Gaskins arrived at Northumberland High School at age 13, he was “a little teeny thing,” his Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps sergeant, SFC Connor Samuel remembers. “He didn’t weigh 85 pounds.”

Samuel had to scramble to find a uniform small enough to fit him.

Last month, Samuel went to Knoxville to render newly commissioned Second Lieutenant Joseph Gaskins his first salute as he graduated and was commissioned at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Gaskins is a lot bigger now.

Gaskins’ mother, Linda, said that as a youngster, Lt. Gaskins was a “wild child” and credits Samuel along with Coach Eddie Barnes and Boy Scout leader Bob Parker with guiding him through high school. “We give a lot of credit to their good influences through the years,” Linda said. “They pour themselves into these young people.”

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Gaskin’s mother, Linda, says that Connor Samuel, Coach Eddie Barnes and Boy Scout leader Bob Parker

were vital influences of Gaskin in his younger years.