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For Franconas, military family cause hits home

While it was all imploding, Jacque and Terry Francona doubtless had more on their minds than the crash landing of the 2011 Red Sox season.

Their only son, Nick, was commanding a sniper platoon in Afghanistan. Their son-in-law - Michael Rice, Nick’s best friend in the Marines - was dismantling homemade bombs in Afghanistan. And their youngest, Jamie, a senior at Brookline High School, has been considering applying to the US Naval Academy.

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