Marine returns home

By: Stephanie Brletic Email
By: Stephanie Brletic Email

ARDMORE, OK -- One Marine is counting his blessings tonight, safely home from combat overseas. Support, encouraging words, and loved ones fill the room at the Immanuel Baptist Church. It’s a drastic difference from lance corporal David Jenkins last seven months.

"It's hard to describe going from 3rd world Iraq, desert, no trees, no grass, to being here, it was great," he says.

The 19-year-old and Plainview graduate returned home to Ardmore at the end of March. While he was stationed in one of the worst parts of Iraq at the time, he and fellow Marines worked to improve the environment for the Iraqis

"While I was in Iraq, it was one of the best years for Al Lambar province,” he says. “It's gone from being called the Wild West, the most violent province to being one of the most peaceful and held up as a model for the rest of Iraq."

Even though he's still in the reserves for the next four years, he's glad to back on American soil spending time with family. His wife Morgan says she's excited to spend quality time with her husband.

"It's pretty nice. Occasionally things get a little crazy. You know, first apartment, but it's nice having him home," she says.

Dennis, his father, says he's proud of all the brave men and women who serve our country, sacrificing their own safety for the freedoms American's enjoy everyday.

"The young men today deserve support, no matter what they think about politics, they deserve our support and our praise for serving," Dennis says.

As this Lance Corporal says he learned valuable skills to use in the future.

"Always show up on time, ahead of time, discipline, and always drive on no matter how hard things are. You can always keep going no matter what."

He plans to attend college, then law school.


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  • by MR X Location: TX on Apr 21, 2008 at 08:07 PM
    SEMPER FI MARINE. GLAD YOU MADE IT HOME.
  • by SGT.L Location: Denison on Apr 21, 2008 at 02:59 PM
    OOHRAA Devil Dawg, welcome home!
  • by Nancy Location: Oklahoma on Apr 21, 2008 at 12:40 PM
    Thank you for your service and thank you to your family.....I know family has a big part in serving.. My Marine son in law.. In fact I have 2 over there now. I know the sacrifices you and your loved ones have to make.. Thank you again!!
  • by Fozzy Location: Ardmore on Apr 21, 2008 at 12:31 PM
    Welcome home! Thank you!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2008 at 07:00 AM
    Welcome home Lance Corporal Jenkins. Thank you for your service to our country. God bless you and your family.
  • by Army Dad Location: Denison on Apr 21, 2008 at 05:37 AM
    Thank you for your service, Lance Corporal Jenkins. God bless you...
  • by Bill Location: Southmayd on Apr 20, 2008 at 09:41 PM
    Welcome home David Jenkins, and I am proud of you and your fellow Marines.We need more your age like you,there are too many out there right now living with mama dropping out of School and bangin( meaning,stealing, doing drugs general laziness) who need to go today and sign up and be a man.This generation has a duty to fight for this country if need be.Thank God for the ones we have.Thank you again."Semper Fi" sp.?
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