Navy Veteran Swimming Mississippi River for Fallen Comrades


Navy combat veteran Chris Ring says some people are calling him crazy for attempting to become the first American to swim the length of the Mississippi River. But the 28-year-old Navy SEAL who served in Iraq and Afghanistan says the endeavor is worthwhile if it helps keep alive the memories of the country’s fallen service members and the sacrifices of their families. He began the journey, which Legacies Alive said will cover 2,552 miles, at Lake Itasca in Minnesota on June 6. Averaging 6.5 hours in the water and 14 miles a day, Ring aims to reach the 0-mile marker where the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico in early December.

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