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Veteran completes goal of swimming Mississippi River

BEMIDJI -- At the southernmost finger of Louisiana, where the Mississippi River mingles with the Gulf of Mexico, Chris Ring finally caught his breath.The 28-year-old U.S. Navy combat veteran had been swimming -- and swimming.He had started June 6...

BEMIDJI - At the southernmost finger of Louisiana, where the Mississippi River mingles with the Gulf of Mexico, Chris Ring finally caught his breath.
The 28-year-old U.S. Navy combat veteran had been swimming - and swimming.
He had started June 6 at Itasca State Park, splashing down the Mississippi in a 2,552-mile paddle honoring families who have lost loved ones to war.
“Those families paid a huge sacrifice,” Ring said June 9 when he visited Neilson Place in Bemidji. “We have the duty to honor those families and the ones that have fallen for us.”
His swim started on D-Day and was scheduled to end on Veterans Day. Fatigue and a shoulder injury slowed his pace.
He averaged about seven hours in the water per day, swimming about 14 miles.

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