posted on Feb, 12 2005 @ 06:48 PM
A Navy Reserve solider will be heading to Iraq later this month. What makes this unusual is the fact that he is leaving behind 11 children. Johnnie
Chennault, insists that he does not regret serving in the Reserve, but does worry about his family. He had attempted to enlist in four branches of the
service, but was turned down due to the number of children he has. However, that was not an issue with the reserves.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Johnnie Chennault has no regrets about joining the Navy Reserve, even though it means he's going to Iraq later this month. But he
does worry about not being around to help take care of his house full of 11 kids.
"Leaving my children, leaving my wife for so long — you're going to miss all the little things as the kids grow up," he said.
Chennault and his wife Ronda have a full range of children of all ages growing up at their home in Springfield, a small town about 30 miles north of
Nashville: Terr'i, 17; Stephen, 15; Jobie, 14; Joshua, 12; Zakari, 8; Johnnie IV, 7; Mikal, 6; Syerra, 4; Gracee, 3; Jakob, 1; and Nikalus, 8 months.
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I have one child at home and its is exhausting, i cannot fathom taking care of 11. It is mind boggling to me. I am also glad to see that the active
forces turned him down due to the number of children he has. His loss would be devastating to his family. He is also luck that his employer Sears,
will make up the difference in his salary while on duty. many companies would not do this.