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08/10/03

More Third I.D. Soldiers Return Sunday

Nine hundred Third Infantry Division soldiers are on their way to Fort Stewart today. The men and women are among nearly five thousand soldiers scheduled to return to the Coastal Empire this weekend.

Hundreds of families, like Rosina Gomez and her family, have waited nearly a year for their loved ones to return. Gomez has not seen her son, Cpl. Francisco Gomez, in ten months. "I just thank God that all the soldiers are coming back," she said.

Some families wore patriotic shirts and hats, others made huge banners welcoming the almost 900 soldiers returning from Iraq on Sunday.

"My heart is beating fast. I have a knot in my throat and a tear in my eye. He's finally coming home," said Karen Carter, who's son is also in the Third Infantry Division.

After hours of waiting, troops filled Cottrell Field while families dashed towards their loved ones. Rosina Gomez circled the crowded field looking for her son, and then after what seemed like forever, she finally spotted him and covered him with hugs and kisses.

"I'm so thankful he's alive," cried Gomez.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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