Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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August 7, 2013

PFC Crabtree receives a hero's welcome

GLASGOW — If laughter really is the best medicine, then Army Pfc. Keith Crabtree got a serious immune system boost Saturday evening as he watched 16 men parade, strut and dance – in dresses – in front of three judges and a crowd of roughly 200.

The womanless beauty pageant was part of a benefit orchestrated to help Crabtree's family with travel expenses after he was seriously injured during a live-ammunition training in Texas. The event also included a spaghetti dinner, a cake walk, T-shirt and bracelet sales, and an auction of dozens of donated items.

Before the beauty contest could begin, however, the audience got a huge shock as Crabtree himself came through the doors in a wheelchair being pushed by his mother, April London. A standing ovation followed, and once it had settled, he took the microphone.

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