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In tearful send-off, Mass. Guard unit mobilizes for Iraq

Friends, family say goodbye to 101st Engineer Battalion

Specialist Amanda Lavallee of Whitinsville bade farewell to her sleeping daughter, Teagan, after a deployment ceremony yesterday at the Charlestown Navy Yard. Specialist Amanda Lavallee of Whitinsville bade farewell to her sleeping daughter, Teagan, after a deployment ceremony yesterday at the Charlestown Navy Yard. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
By Nandini Jayakrishna
Globe Correspondent / June 14, 2009

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Waving flags and holding red and blue balloons, proud friends and family members bade farewell yesterday to a Massachusetts National Guard unit preparing for deployment to Iraq. (Full article: 540 words)

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