1-180th officially welcomed home

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

DURANT, Okla. - After spending a year away from their family and friends fighting in Afghanistan, the 1-180th was officially welcomed home Sunday.

Soldiers had been home for more than three months, but they didn't have a chance to get together until this weekend.

"When we first stepped off the plane they gave us McDonald's burgers," one soldier said. "It was pretty good because it was nice to be back and just see an American city."

As specialist John Helmer and the rest of the troops marched into the Choctaw Coliseum, they were greeted with cheers and their commanding officers, who say they're proud of their troops.

"I feel a sense of pride that's hard to explain because these soldiers gave 15 months of their lives, including the training to go and do something their country has asked them to do," one said.

In addition to the overwhelming applause, some of the soldiers were presented with awards for their sacrifices during combat, including one who received a purple heart.

"Their job wasn't easy, and many of them were out there in the fields for weeks and weeks at a time so they ensure the safety and the security of those that our our country has asked them to do."

The ceremony was also held to remember the life of Buddy Hughie, who was killed in action February 19. Officers presented his wife and his newborn baby with his belongings, and an American flag.

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  • by Barbara Location: Kingston on Sep 17, 2007 at 08:33 AM
    May God Bless You all, and we are so glad to have Jimmy Johnson back home with us.
  • by spouse Location: durant on Sep 17, 2007 at 08:08 AM
    the 1-180th had been fighting in Afghanistan.
  • by Charlie Location: Illinois on Sep 17, 2007 at 06:33 AM
    God Bless you all!!! WELCOME HOME
  • by Resident Location: Calera on Sep 17, 2007 at 05:10 AM
    We are proud of you and are glad for your safe return. God Bless You All.
  • by Jean Location: Rattan on Sep 17, 2007 at 03:53 AM
    God Bless them all
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