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Tom Bruce, WWII veteran and son of Confederate cavalryman, dies at 88

Thomas Newton Bruce of Knoxville, a decorated World War II veteran and the son of a former Civil War soldier, died Saturday. He was 88.

Mr. Bruce was born in Morristown to a 77-year-old former Confederate cavalryman. Levi Bruce served with the 7th and later the 11th Virginia Cavalry through fighting in what is now West Virginia. Tom Bruce was just 6 when his father died in 1930.

“The only thing I can remember distinctly about my father is when he bought me a bicycle once,” Mr. Bruce told the News Sentinel in a 2010 interview. “My mother had his sword and a picture of Robert E. Lee he had framed, but she sold them one piece at a time for enough money to get by.”

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