Sept. 11, 2001 has always been part of Tierney Crutcher's life story. It was the day her mother went into labor with her.
And Sept. 11 was a life-changing day for Crutcher again this year: She was sworn in as a Navy seaman recruit at a Tennessee recruiting station Wednesday, two days shy of turning 18.
The Memphis high school graduate and accomplished bowler grew up in an America at war.
She says as a kid, she thought the military was only the Army and shooting people. A military career became appealing as she learned more about the different branches and choices.
Crutcher says she's excited to meet new people, travel "and just get a different experience in life."
She's headed to boot camp, then sonar technician training.
Crutcher has a history of service in her family.
Her mother, Tiffany Smith, told FOX 5 News that her grandfather was in the Army and her great grandfather served in the Navy.
With the Associated Press