Teen born in 9/11 wake joins Navy on anniversary

Tierney Crutcher is sworn into the U.S Navy as a Navy seaman recruit, in Memphis, Tenn., on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, two days shy of her 18th birthday. (US Navy Commander Navy Recruiting Command via AP)
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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.

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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.