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  • Puppy, I’m Homeee! Enjoy These Adorable Reunions Of Dogs and Their Military Owners k9 alert

    07/20/2014 7:44:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/20/2014 | Hayley Hoefer
    Homecomings are always emotional, and when they happen between soldiers and their pups, they are somehow even more heartwarming. Take a look at these 15 adorable dog-owner reunion moments.
  • Report: Bergdahl Hometown Cancels Celebration

    06/04/2014 1:30:57 PM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 71 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 04, 2014 | Daniel Halper
    Reuters reporter Mark Felsenthal reports that Sgt. Bergdahl's hometown in Idaho is cancelling its planned celebration. "Bergdahl's home town in Idaho has canceled plans for a celebration, city administrator says," reports Felsenthal on Twitter.
  • Return to Makin Island - Semper Fidelis

    01/21/2014 4:21:05 PM PST · by DariusBane · 12 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | MadMan66
    True story of the recovery of 19 US Marines Killed in Action on Makin Island in WWII and their return home to Arlington National Cemetery 58 years later.
  • Ex-con returns from prison only to find his wife MUMMIFIED in bed (Spain)

    10/11/2012 11:26:33 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    NYDN ^ | October 10, 2012 | Charlie Wells
    Spanish man home from prison finds his wife mummified in bed Eduardo Ruiz grew concerned when he stopped hearing from his wife, Ángeles Fernández. But authorities refused to allow anyone to enter the home, despite complaints of an unpleasant smell in the area — until he managed a conditional release and broke in himself. A man in Spain came home from prison last week to find his wife mummified on her bed. Eduardo Ruiz, from the town of Ciempozuelos just outside Madrid, had not heard from his wife for a year when he complained to police in 2011. At the...
  • Cheerleader and homecoming queen with Down's Syndrome inspires classmates

    05/16/2012 8:08:43 PM PDT · by rawhide · 14 replies
    It can be a difficult time for many teens. But high school for Barbara Behlmann has been exhilarating. The 19-year-old has inspired her classmates at Hazelwood West High in St Louis - not because she was crowned homecoming queen or is a star cheerleader - but because she has Down's Syndrome. One of her teachers, Jodi Schutzenhofer, explained to STLToday.com: 'Unknowingly, Barbara has taught us all that nothing is impossible if you are willing to work for what you want.' As the website reports, Barbara was four-years-old when child welfare workers placed her in the foster home of Gary and...
  • San Diego school picks lesbian homecoming king

    10/31/2011 8:01:54 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 11 replies
    AP ^ | October 31, 2011 | AP
    A San Diego school district superintendent is praising a high school for choosing a lesbian couple to be homecoming king and queen but says he's sad that the school has received hate mail and calls since. Superintendent Bill Kowba said Monday that some of the hate emails and calls that Patrick Henry High School received were from people who are not residents of San Diego. Kowba says San Diego Unified School District rejects intolerance and he supports the decision made by students.
  • High School Students Crowned America's First Lesbian Homecoming Couple

    10/30/2011 10:20:13 PM PDT · by Justaham · 51 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | 10-30-11 | OLIVIA KATRANDJIAN
    Two California high school students became one of the first lesbian couples crowned homecoming king and queen in the nation this weekend. Rebeca Arellano, a senior at Patrick Henry High School, was made the school's first female homecoming king when her name was announced Friday at a pep rally. "They were chanting my name and it was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had," said Arellano. Arellano's girlfriend, Haileigh Adams, who also attends Patrick Henry High School, was made homecoming queen at Saturday night's dance. "I was happier than when I won, my little Haileigh has just been...
  • Lesbian student is crowned high school's homecoming KING!

    10/30/2011 9:50:53 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 59 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | October 30, 2011
    A lesbian student has been crowned homecoming king at a Californian high school. During a pep rally at Patrick Henry High School in San Diego on Friday, the announcement was made about senior Rebeca Arellano. Rebeca's girlfriend and fellow student, Haileigh Adams, was nominated to be homecoming queen.
  • US soldier returns from Iraq to surprise daughter as she gets 'sergeant' right at spelling bee

    10/13/2011 5:52:32 AM PDT · by NakedRampage · 6 replies
    DailyMail.co.uk ^ | 10/13/11 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Skylar Johnson had not seen her father since last Christmas when she stepped on stage for her school's spelling bee on Friday. So when the moderator asked the nine-year-old how to spell 'sergeant', she was overcome with emotion when he appeared from behind the curtain. Staff Sergeant Therron Johnson and his little girl embraced for the first time in almost a year at Boca Raton Elementary in Florida An Avionics Line Supervisor with Charlie Company of the 1,111th Florida National Guard, Sergeant Johnson has been serving in Iraq for the past ten months.
  • Unruly Dance Crowd Gets Sprayed After Array of Fights

    10/10/2010 11:28:14 AM PDT · by Palladin · 35 replies
    Williamsport Sun-Gazette ^ | October 10, 2010 | Philip Holmes
    Unruly Dance Crowd Gets Pepper-sprayed after Array of Fights October 10, 2010 - By PHILIP A. HOLMES - pholmes@sungazette.com As a homecoming dance was letting out at the Williamsport Area High School late Friday night, hundreds of students began fighting, creating riot conditions that took nearly an hour for city police and other officers to bring under control. "We were overwhelmed. That's the best way to put it," Lt. Tim Miller, the patrol supervisor in charge of the scene, said. "We were called there for a large disturbance. While en route, we received several calls from school officials there who...
  • Surprise Homecoming (Tissue Alert!)

    11/04/2009 5:41:12 PM PST · by jwparkerjr · 20 replies · 1,247+ views
    boreme.com ^ | 11/03/09 | John Davenport
    10-year-old girl is brought to tears by surprise homecoming of her father. She thinks he is in Iraq! This short, 40 sec., video comes with a big time tissue alert!!
  • Hero makes it Home: WWII veteran laid to rest 65yrs after plane crash (touching story)

    04/26/2009 7:50:27 AM PDT · by WestTexasWend · 9 replies · 947+ views
    LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-JOURNAL ^ | Sunday, April 26, 2009 | Ray Westbrook
    Staff Sgt. Jimmie Doyle, whose warplane crashed into the ocean off Palau in 1944, was given full military honors, along with a hero's homecoming, during funeral and graveside services Saturday at Lamesa. The location of the plane was unknown for 60 years, then found under 70 feet of water in 2004 by the BentProp Project that searches for soldiers missing in action. The plane and the crewmen still aboard were recovered in 2008, and Doyle's identification was completed earlier this year. His grandson, U.S. Marine Capt. Casey Doyle, recently escorted Staff Sgt. Doyle's casket from Hawaii to his hometown of...
  • Nat'l Guard Soldiers Return Home

    02/24/2009 5:01:04 PM PST · by grame · 3 replies · 266+ views
    WRTV 13 Indianapolis ^ | 2/24/09 | Andrea Morehead
    There are currently 142,000 troops in Iraq, but some Hoosier troops are back on American soil. Stout Field was packed with hundreds of families Tuesday for a homecoming celebration honoring 170 soldiers. But these soldiers are also missing two of their own: Sgt. Gary Henry and Spec. Jonathan Menke. Henry, who was from Indianapolis, and Menke, of Madison, died in Baghdad last August after debris from an improvised explosive device detonation on an overpass fell onto their vehicle. The Castor family knows their son Gary is a hero. "He was quite an individual, touched lives that we'll never know," said...
  • 'It's my Dad!': Youngster's joy when he discovers his birthday gift is his father home from Iraq

    01/30/2009 7:24:35 AM PST · by PotatoHeadMick · 17 replies · 1,118+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 30th January 2009 | Mail Foreign Service
    Gabriel Hurles' celebrated his sixth birthday by unwrapping the best present ever - his father home on leave from Iraq. The youngster was so engrossed in the cupcakes his mother brought to his class yesterday that he didn't notice the enormous wrapped box. 'That's one big, giant present,' a classmate told him. 'See what you got, Gabriel.' The six-year-old peeled back the wrapping paper to find the surprise of his young life. 'It's my dad!' he announced joyfully to his classmates at Sutro Elementary School in Dayton, Nevada. 'Hi, Daddy!'
  • Wounded Veterans Arriving At Orlando International Airport

    12/05/2008 7:14:40 PM PST · by Roos_Girl · 10 replies · 402+ views
    Jeff Douglas/Coalition to Salute America's Heroes ^ | December 5, 2008 | Jeff Douglas
    A group of 146 wounded warriors and their families are arriving at OIA (Orlando International Airport) this Sunday, 7 December to attend the 5th annual Road to Recovery conference. Veterans groups, service organizations, church volunteers and anyone who cares is invited to give them a “Heroes Welcome” as they arrive at the airport. Many did not receive this previous welcome as they went directly to hospitals for immediate care. A large group of 65-70 wounded will arrive on a dedicated flight sponsored by American Airlines from San Antonio at approx. 2:55 pm. Others will arrive throughout the day on other...
  • Sarah Palin Gets Warm Welcome Back In Alaska (Triumphal Homecoming Alert)

    09/11/2008 12:25:04 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 10 replies · 356+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 9/11/2008 | Stephen Braun
    FAIRBANKS, ALASKA -- Gov. Sarah Palin returned triumphant to her home state Wednesday for the first time since she was named to the Republican ticket with John McCain, and received thunderous cheers as she promised 3,000 supporters: "I will do my best to do Alaska proud." Palin reprised many passages from her vice presidential nomination acceptance speech at the party's convention in St. Paul, Minn. But she steered away from explicit attacks on the Democratic presidential nominee, Barack Obama, instead gushing about her home state and its sudden role in the limelight. "It's going to be awesome to spend a...
  • The Second-503D 173ABCT Is Coming Home (sorta)

    05/06/2008 9:18:09 AM PDT · by concretebob · 9 replies · 293+ views
    email ^ | 6 May 2008 | The Blaskowski Family
    We would like to thank the people of Northern Michigan for their support and encouragement during the difficult period of the past six months since the tragedy of Matthew’s death. The communities that have shown support have been a real blessing to us and our extended families and friends. Words do NO justice for our gratitude. In the past, when Matthew left for deployment, the only thing to bring peace in our hearts was to think about his safe return. We know that won’t be happening now. However, Matthew and us have an extended family that reaches far beyond this...
  • El Paso Hosts Texas-Sized Homecoming Parade for Returned Cavalry Troops

    02/28/2008 4:30:29 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 425+ views
    EL PASO, Texas, Feb. 28, 2008 – The 1st Cavalry Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team may be a relative newcomer here, but more than 3,000 of the unit’s soldiers got a Texas-sized hometown heroes’ welcome yesterday as the city hosted a homecoming parade to honor them for their service in Iraq. Unit guidons from Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, dip their flags in a salute as soldiers file past the reviewing stand during a Welcome Home Heroes Parade in El Paso, Texas, Feb. 27, 2008. Photo by Staff Sgt Paula Taylor, USA  (Click photo for...
  • Troop Redeployment Gets Under Way in Iraq

    11/26/2007 4:43:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 141+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 26, 2007 – The first reduction in American forces in Iraq is under way as the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Cavalry Division heads back to Fort Hood, Texas. The brigade will not be replaced. Roughly 162,000 U.S. troops are in Iraq in 20 brigade teams or their Marine equivalents. If all goes well, this will drop to 15 brigade combat teams over the next eight months, Navy Rear Adm. Gregory J. Smith, a spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq in Baghdad, said Nov. 24. Iraqi security forces are attaining the expertise and operational capabilities needed to...
  • Marine's Surprise Homecoming

    10/01/2007 3:58:34 PM PDT · by RDTF · 14 replies · 146+ views
    abc ^ | Oct 1, 2007 | Not specified
    U.S. Marine Mike Epperson returns from Iraq and surprises his two daughters
  • Families Prepare for Stryker Brigade’s Homecoming

    08/31/2007 6:04:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 372+ views
    FORT LEWIS, Wash., Aug. 31, 2007 – There’s a sense of giddiness here as families prepare for their “Arrowhead Brigade” Strykers to return home after a 15-month deployment to Iraq. An advance party from the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) is slated to arrive at neighboring McChord Air Force Base on Sept. 3, finalizing groundwork for almost 4,000 more troops to fly in beginning Sept. 11. Jubilant and frequently tearful reunions will play out again and again over the next week to 10 days, as one plane after another touches down to bring the full...
  • Father, Son Have Tearful Reunion During Class - Dad Returns Home After Seven Months (USAF)

    05/10/2007 5:13:42 PM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 9 replies · 1,268+ views
    WFSB.com Hartford ^ | May 10, 2007 | unattributed
    DES MOINES, Iowa -- A 10-year-old boy got a surprise of a lifetime Tuesday at his Des Moines elementary school. Zech Reeder, 10, didn't expect his dad home from Iraq until next month, but his family had other ideas. Zech played his heart out during recess at Brubaker Elementary School. Little did he know what the day would bring. Zech said he missed not being able to come home and see his dad like he used to. In class on Tuesday, Zech got down to work with other students. Above the students' heads hangs a paper chain that numbers the...
  • Teacher's lesson: Ballot fraud is bad

    11/16/2006 12:17:08 PM PST · by em2vn · 21 replies · 967+ views
    obscure store ^ | 11-15-2006 | thomas tobin
    LARGO - A veteran Gibbs High School teacher with a long history of work troubles had falsified hundreds of student ballots in an attempt to get her niece elected homecoming queen in September. A wave of chuckles rose during Tuesday's School Board meeting, where Lerner and other board members were asked to approve a 25-day unpaid suspension for the teacher, Sharion Thurman, 56. So why not fire the teacher, who earns more than $50,000 a year? Her 20-year record includes numerous reprimands for poor judgment, insubordination and misconduct. Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said firing was an option. But he looked at...
  • Homecoming

    09/19/2006 8:30:30 AM PDT · by grandpa jones · 10 replies · 549+ views
    Nuke Gingrich ^ | 9/19/06 | nuke gingrich
    At Life in the Desert, Our friend, and fellow Mississipian reports that he will be headed stateside in a little less than three weeks. Great news! I HAVE ABOUT 20 DAYS LEFT HERE AND CAN'T WAIT TO GET HOME. I AM READY FOR SOME CRESCENT CITY / MAHOGANY BAR FOOD. I WILL BE ENJOYING GOOD FOOD GOOD TIMES PLAYING SOME GOLF AND SOME OF THE OTHER THINGS I ENJOY DOING DURING MY DOWN TIME. Hey Richard, if you make it over to McComb, you've got 18 holes, and the biggest steak in town waiting for you. Thank you for your...
  • First wave of soldiers return from Iraq duty

    09/05/2006 8:36:20 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 11 replies · 865+ views
    The Killeen (Texas) Daily Herald ^ | September 5, 2006 | Emily Baker
    FORT HOOD – It has begun. It will take a few months to get to all 21,000 soldiers, but the 4th Infantry Division officially began returning home Monday from Iraq when about 150 soldiers from its Sustainment Brigade burst through the doors of Starker Gym to greet their loved ones. "Be proud of what you did," Col. Dick Francey, the division's rear commander, told the soldiers as they stood in a formation after arriving at the gym. "Your nation owes you a debt of gratitude." The brigade was the first from the division to head to Iraq, leaving about three...
  • Homecoming king admits to rape, robbery

    08/26/2006 12:36:07 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 69 replies · 2,307+ views
    Newsday ^ | ALFONSO A. CASTILLO
    Bay Shore High School's Class of 2006 homecoming king admitted in a Suffolk courtroom Friday to taking part in what prosecutors called one of the more horrifying crimes in recent history -- the beating, rape and robbery at gunpoint of a young couple on their first date. Recalling talking with his co-defendants after driving away from the brutal crime, Douglas Payton, 18, said, "We started to laugh about it." Payton pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and first-degree robbery for the Dec. 3 attack in Bay Shore. Newsday is not naming the couple because they were victims of...
  • USS Gonzalez Returns to Norfolk

    08/17/2006 6:05:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 416+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Maddelin Angebrand
    NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) returned to Naval Station Norfolk, Aug. 17, after an 18-month deployment under the Atlantic Fleet’s Sea Swap initiative. The crew that returned to Norfolk assumed command of the ship Feb. 22, and successfully completed a deployment to the Persian Gulf, Horn of Africa and the Mediterranean Sea. While deployed, Gonzalez was tasked with assisting non-combatant evacuation efforts in Lebanon. The ship was the first U.S. Navy vessel to arrive in support of the evacuation efforts. “We’re an air defense platform and that is our job; we provided air defense...
  • Vermont National Guardsmen Return From Iraq In Time For Christmas

    12/17/2005 3:56:56 AM PST · by Candor7 · 18 replies · 962+ views
    The Caledonian Record ^ | 16 Dec.2005 | JACOB L. GRANT and JEANNE MILES
    Troops To Get Warm Welcome Thanks To Community Effort BY JACOB L. GRANT and JEANNE MILES, Staff Writers Friday December 16, 2005 After about 14 months of service, 600 of Vermont's National Guardsmen are coming home. To say their families are excited would be an understatement. Crystal Buck, of St. Johnsbury, who's expecting her husband, Chet, to fly in sometime this afternoon, could hardly sit still. "I've got ants in my pants," she said laughing. "It's been difficult, but I had tons of people willing to help me. The support has been phenomenal." To express her joy and relief, Buck...
  • Father of fallen Marine attends homecoming

    08/15/2005 8:17:18 AM PDT · by FloridianBushFan · 24 replies · 990+ views
    CNN ^ | Monday, August 15, 2005 | AP
    CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina (AP) -- John Prazynski stood in the sea of welcome home signs and wondered why he was there. Prazynski's son, Lance Cpl. Taylor Prazynski, wasn't going to be among the 900 Marines from the 3rd Battalion who arrived home Sunday. Taylor Prazynski, 20, was killed May 9 from an insurgent mortar shell. But his father had promised his son he would attend the homecoming, so he rode his Harley Davidson more than 650 miles from Hamilton, Ohio, to Camp Lejeune. "I don't have any sort of agenda. I guess I want to thank his brothers for...
  • 2nd Radio Bn. Marines receive warm welcome home

    06/22/2005 5:18:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 443+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | June 22, 2005 | Cpl. Stephen M. DeBoard
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (June 17, 2005) -- Marines from 2nd Radio Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force, were greeted by friends, family and fellow Marines upon their return from Iraq June 17. The leathernecks arriving at Camp Lejeune via bus were greeted by families lining the roads, holding colorful, hand-made banners, waving American flags and cheering as the chartered buses pulled up to the battalion area. “This is very exciting,” said Jim Bethany, father of Duncan, Okla., native Cpl. Joshua B. Bethany. “It’s good to see him back safe and sound.” The families had been hosted in style...
  • Bands to Play Operation Homecoming Show [Long Overdue for Vietnam Vets]

    05/31/2005 11:32:56 AM PDT · by Coop · 44 replies · 923+ views
    AP ^ | 5/30/05 | Unknown
    MISSOULA, Mont. -- A song honoring veterans will open the Operation Homecoming USA concert in Branson, Mo., next month. ...Carlson said the inspiration for her song was her brother, Gary, a Vietnam veteran now suffering a debilitating illness contracted during his tour of duty. Operation Homecoming USA, which will be held June 13-19, also plans to feature performances by the Beach Boys, the Fifth Dimension, the Supremes and the Oak Ridge Boys. The Doobie Brothers, Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Tony Orlando also are to perform, Carlson said. "It's the national homecoming we never gave our Vietnam vets," she said.
  • Military Appreciation Parade in the works

    05/09/2005 6:41:18 PM PDT · by JesseP · 9 replies · 811+ views
    The United American Committee with partners is organizing a military appreciation parade. If you can volunteer in any way to help organize this tremendous event, please contact us. The parade will be in Los Angeles and is scheduled for mid 2006, not to be in conjunction with any holiday. In the days following the close of WWI and WWII, Americans showed up in large numbers to support our troops homecoming. Military parades were in every major city across the nation. In these times, we must continue that spirit of pride in our servicemen by showing our support for them. We...
  • Photos of 1/3 Advance Party Homecoming

    04/30/2005 10:49:07 AM PDT · by EBH · 2 replies · 315+ views
    MCBH ^ | April 13, 2005 | USMC
    Please visit http://www.mcbh.usmc.mil/homecoming/1dbn/index.htm
  • A Soldier Comes Home - (with comment by Steve Gardner)

    03/16/2005 8:36:53 AM PST · by CHARLITE · 10 replies · 542+ views
    AMERICAN ENTERPRISE ONLINE.COM ^ | MARCH 14, 2005 | STAFF SERGEANT GREG MOORE
    SARANAC LAKE, NEW YORK--There are no longer generators running, or armored vehicles rumbling, or mortars exploding, and the roar of the silence is deafening to me. What I hear at night now is the gentle breaths released from the perfect lips of my sons. The same lips that I cannot kiss enough. The lips that make my eyes fill with tears every time they touch my cheeks. My release from Fort Drum came earlier than expected, so when I pulled into my driveway at noon the house was empty. I dropped my bags inside and walked alone through the rooms,...
  • North Mississippi Marine Homecoming Tonight 3/1/05

    03/01/2005 1:51:59 PM PST · by NerdDad · 21 replies · 509+ views
    FReeper PMMD81 | 3/1/05 | NerdDad
    The following is a message from cube-bound fellow Mississippi FReeper PMMD81, a coworker of mine. Everyone is invited to help me welcome my Marine son home TONIGHT, March 1. Lance Corporal Dusty (last name redacted for privacy) is arriving at Golden Triangle Regional Airport in Columbus MS on the 10:30 p.m. flight. Dusty is a graduate of Smithville High School and veteran of the liberation of Fallujah. We would love to have a big gang of folks to meet the airplane this evening. We will also be giving out directions on how to get to the welcome home party to...
  • Vietnam vets to get 'true homecoming'

    01/13/2005 10:49:06 PM PST · by troll444 · 41 replies · 2,355+ views
    Vietnam vets to get 'true homecoming' Grand-scale, weeklong event with 100,000 to say thank you -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: January 14, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com On the 30th anniversary of the end of the war, Vietnam veterans will be given the "homecoming celebration they never received" at a conference organizers hope will draw 100,000 people. Vietnam veterans memorial in Washington, D.C. "During those three decades, the brave men and women who served in that conflict have never been given the recognition they deserve for their heroic sacrifices in service to our country," the organizers, Operation Homecoming USA, say...
  • FALLUJAH MARINE IN JERSEY 'AIR WAR'

    11/23/2004 12:29:29 AM PST · by kattracks · 30 replies · 2,571+ views
    New York Post ^ | 11/23/04 | MARK BULLIET and MARSHA KRANES
    Battle-weary Marine Sgt. Juan Jimenez thought two weeks' combat leave meant no fighting for a while — but he discovered he was wrong when he landed in the clink at Newark Airport, all because his bag was missing. Exhausted and eager to get home to Orlando, the frustrated leatherneck said he "raised a ruckus" with American Airlines officials. Jimenez, 25, said Port Authority cops detained him for three hours, apparently hoping the problem would be resolved by the time he was sprung.[snip] Jimenez — whose battalion suffered four dead and 39 wounded in its house-to-house search for rebels in...
  • Beach family celebrates happy ending to pilot's ordeal

    04/04/2003 7:00:08 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 5 replies · 520+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 4 April 2003 | KATE WILTROUT
    Elizabeth Vincelette of Virginia Beach, shown with 4-year-old Annie, says a guardian angel must have been watching over her husband this week.Photo by Genevieve Ross / The Virginian-Pilot.VIRGINIA BEACH -- For her fourth birthday Tuesday, Annie Vincelette got a Rapunzel costume and a copy of the movie "Sleeping Beauty." Her best present, though, was a fairy-tale ending to her father's brush with death that day, 20,000 feet above the Iraqi desert. Lt. Chad Vincelette, 32, a Virginia Beach native and Navy F-14 fighter pilot, was heading back to the carrier Kitty Hawk after a bombing run when a mechanical failure...
  • He's Coming Home! (Vanity)

    11/17/2004 6:48:12 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 103 replies · 5,343+ views
    Vanity ^ | Nov.17th. 2004 | self
    Pictures of my son Steve. (FR screen name "smaagee")with James Gandolfini, and Tony Sirico of the "Sopranos" Which just shows to go you that not all actors are lib traitors. Steve left Iraq after more than a year there and is currently in Kuwait. He leaves Kuwait tomorrow and will go to Ft. Lewis, Washington for a few days and then home by a few days after Thanksgiving. He is with the 724th, Transportation Co., a "Stryker" support unit. His company has had casualities and still has one man MIA - Spec4 Matt Maupin. Pray for Matt's safe return. FR...
  • Male homecoming queen at St. Cloud State being threatened

    10/29/2004 6:13:38 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 39 replies · 1,165+ views
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 10-29-04 | ap
    ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Officials at St. Cloud State University are expressing support and concern for the male student who was named homecoming queen last week. President Roy Saigo says Fue Khang has received threatening messages. In a letter to the university's faculty and staff, Saigo asks them to offset any prejudice and intimidation the homecoming royalty may have faced.
  • HOMECOMING: Former prep football standout brings back hope from the hot zone in Iraq

    10/09/2004 10:38:09 AM PDT · by murdocj · 6 replies · 338+ views
    The Grand Rapids Press ^ | 10/09/2004 | Bob Becker
    "Homecoming" means a lot more today to Forest Hills Central High School graduate Ben Miller than it did when he was captain of the 1999 Rangers football team. Five years ago, Miller scored three touchdowns in his team's win over Lowell, and then had a nice time at the homecoming dance. But it was nothing compared to the homecoming he had Friday afternoon, when the Army specialist returned to Grand Rapids from a year's duty in Iraq. His duty station the past 12 months was in a small town named Ramadi, close to Fallujah, a hot spot for American troops...
  • From a war zone to waiting arms (give eye-witness reports)

    09/28/2004 11:00:48 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies · 335+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 29, 2004 | JOHN W. GONZALEZ
    FORT HOOD - To the strains of the romantic standard At Last, about 200 soldiers who fought for a year in one of Iraq's toughest combat zones returned home Tuesday, into the arms of loved ones who came from across the nation to greet them. The soldiers were from two 1st Cavalry Division companies that were called into action on short notice in September 2003 — five months before the rest of their division — to bolster other Army and Marine units fighting in Iraq's Sunni Triangle. The units' performance in combat "will be recorded in the histories of this...
  • For Abu Ghraib unit, a small-town homecoming

    09/26/2004 9:03:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies · 457+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | September 26, 2004 | Dan Rodricks
    ......But the most striking thing about this modest, delayed homecoming was the presence of the Vietnam veterans. I have now lived long enough, thank God, to see men of my own generation, slightly older brothers, turn out to do what I remember seeing veterans of World War I and World War II and the Korean War do on such occasions -- serve in color guards and stand at attention through long speeches and ceremony. Another generation passeth, and it's the Vietnam veterans who are there now to support the young men politicians ship around the world for dubious battle. "You...
  • Night Owls return home

    08/28/2004 9:13:08 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 5 replies · 426+ views
    Marine Link ^ | August 28, 2004 | Lance Cpl. Cullen J. Tiernan
    Night Owls return homeSubmitted by: MCAS Cherry PointStory Identification #: 200482610416Story by Lance Cpl. Cullen J. Tiernan MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (Aug. 28, 2004) -- Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2 arrived stateside Sunday after serving more than six months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. The Night Owls returned from their second tour of duty in Iraq in two years. The birds of prey flew home after months of constant combat at Iraq's Al Taqaddum Airbase in Al Anbar Province. An area strategically located between the infamous city of Fallujah and the provincial capital,...
  • Ashcroft attends homecoming as son’s ship returns from gulf

    08/16/2004 3:24:00 AM PDT · by csvset · 23 replies · 1,356+ views
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | 16 august 2004 | STEVE STONE
    Ashcroft attends homecoming as son’s ship returns from gulf By STEVE STONE , The Virginian-Pilot © August 16, 2004 Last updated: 1:34 AM Ensign Andy Ashcroft, son of Attorney General John Ashcroft NORFOLK — At first glance, Sunday’s homecoming of the Aegis guided missile destroyer McFaul from duty in the Persian Gulf region was little different than any naval ship’s return. But some among the throngs of kin and friends on hand to greet the ship’s crew of 300 may have been a bit surprised at one face in their midst at Pier 1 : Attorney General John Ashcroft. He...
  • Operation Tribute to Freedom Homecoming Photographs ~ 603rd Air Control Squadron

    06/08/2004 10:52:09 AM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 12 replies · 4,174+ views
    Defend America ^ | June 8, 2004
            31st Fighter Wing commander, Brig. Gen. Michael Worden, speaks to the families and friends in Hangar 1 at Aviano Air Base, Italy, awaiting the June 3, 2004, arrival of the 603rd Air Control Squadron, returning from a 7-month deployment at Balad Air Base, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nichole Adamowicz                 Family members and friends of the 603rd Air Control Squadron patiently await the arrival of the deployed airmen at Hangar 1, Aviano Air Base, Italy, June 3, 2004....
  • Spanish troops find return bittersweet, anything but triumphant

    05/09/2004 9:55:31 AM PDT · by rface · 18 replies · 220+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 05.09.04 | Charles M. Sennott
    BADAJOZ, Spain -- For centuries, Spanish conquerors have been coming home to this rugged, remote terrain near the border with Portugal. The gray stone castles and the towering cathedrals that dot the rocky countryside were built 500 years ago by native conquistadors returning triumphantly from the New World after plundering its riches. Last week, Spanish soldiers hastily withdrawn from service in Iraq by the newly elected government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero returned to the sprawling military base here and a welcome-home ceremony. A sign at the base entrance read, "Todo por la patria," or "All for the...
  • Operation Tribute to Freedom Homecoming Pics ~ USS Boxer (I dare you to show these, CBS.)

    05/05/2004 6:07:01 AM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 40 replies · 5,071+ views
    Defend America ^ | May 5, 2004
            Family members await the arrival of their loved ones on the pier at Naval Station San Diego, Calif. USS Boxer returned to San Diego after completing a three-and-a-half month deployment in support of troop rotations in Iraq. Boxer off-loaded personnel and equipment for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing during its second deployment in less than a year. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Danielle M. Sosa   USS Boxer returns to San Diego after its second deployment in less than a year after returning from a regularly scheduled deployment in...
  • 1-8 Infantry is Home! Amen & God Bless...(LTC Nate Sassaman's letter to friends)

    04/17/2004 2:54:59 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 8 replies · 561+ views
    E-mail from a FRiend | Posted 4/17/04 | LTC Nate Sassaman
     "Here's the message from my buddy who just returned from Iraq (commanding 731soldiers).  He was the QB of my West Point football team and was featured in aspecial on CNN last weekend called Hope and Fear in Iraq." - xxxx   Everyone,     I just wanted to take a moment to let everyone know that 1-8  Infantry is now  home safe and sound save for 21 soldiers still in Kuwait  loading all of our  equipment onto ships.  It was quite an emotional  return for all.  I conducted  a battalion formation yesterday before all  the soldiers departed on our 2   week block leave period and...
  • Across America, Soldiers arrive home to rousing welcomes

    04/16/2004 7:39:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 24 replies · 770+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | 4/16/04 | Spc. Lorie Jewell
    Sandy Hanke joins a crowd of family and friends in giving a boisterous welcome home to Soldiers with the 43rd Area Support Group, 3rd Brigade, 7th Infantry Division and the 113th Medical Co., Combat Stress Control, an Army Reserve unit from Las Alamedos, Calif., as they march into the Fort Carson special events center after arriving back from a year-long deployment to Iraq. Spc. Lorie JewellAcross America, Soldiers arrive home to rousing welcomesBy Spc. Lorie JewellApril 16, 2004 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Army News Service, April 16, 2004) – In a gymnasium festooned with welcome-home signs, banners, buntings and balloons of...