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James A. Ruffer, who is Mormon, was recently featured in the Las Vegas Review-Journal for serving in three branches of the U.S. military at different times throughout his life.

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James A. Ruffer was recently featured in the Las Vegas Review-Journal for serving in three branches of the U.S. military at different times throughout his life.

Ruffer, 69, is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to the article. He grew up in a military family and determined early on that he wanted to become a doctor, but he put those plans on hold when he was 23 and became a pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.

After flying 92 missions as part of the Black Sheep Squadron, Ruffer completed his medical training and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a doctor and surgeon. After serving there from 1979 to 1985, he transferred to the U.S. Air Force in 1986.

He participated in several history-making events: he was part of the support team for Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager after their historic nonstop flight around the world and later provided medical care to Kurt Muse, an American citizen imprisoned in Panama in 1989. He was one of the first to enter Iraq during Operation Deseret Storm.

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