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06/23/03

Replacement Reservists to Return Home

Navy Reservists are busy in the Low Country, but it's the kind of work they like. They're packing up to go home. That's after serving nearly three months at Naval Hospital Beaufort after they came to help when the regular medical staff was called to duty in the Middle East and served our country proudly. The Naval Hospital showed its appreciation to the 50 reservists from around the country. 

"When the troops came home, I wanted to hug and kiss every one of them because I knew when they came home, I'd be going home to be back with my family," said Chief John Gant.

Like many of the reservists, PO2 Jim White is glad to be going back home to Waynesboro, Georgia, where his wife and three young boys are awaiting his arrival.

"I've missed a whole ball season, you know I'm missing a lot of things," he said. "One of them is almost potty trained."

But this isn't the first time White has been called up to active duty. Back in 1991, he deployed to Saudi Arabia as part of the first Gulf War.

"Seeing those guys over there, I remember how it was and kind of wish I was there with them," he said.

These reservists didn't serve in the desert during the war, but they certainly did their part for our country.

"While the active duty members were going out to whatever kind of mission, they're sacrificing a lot, but reciprocally, those who are having to come and backfill are making the total mission of going to war possible," noted Capt. Jim Hoffower.

Most will be leaving in the next few weeks.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com

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