Memorial Day marks homecoming for Fort Campbell soldiers

Memorial Day marks homecoming for Fort Campbell soldiers (Image 1)
Memorial Day marks homecoming for Fort Campbell soldiers (Image 1)

Memorial Day meant a happy homecoming for more than 200 soldiers returning to Fort Campbell.

Two hundred and twenty four soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team returned on two flights Monday after being deployed to Afghanistan for nine months.

One flight landed around Noon Monday with 82 soldiers on board. Another landed at about 3:30 p.m. with 142 soldiers.

The troops were greeted by friends, family and better halves.

Nicky Morgan ran across the hangar at Fort Campbell to greet her husband, Staff Sgt. Robert Morgan.

Their son was only six months old when his father left for Afghanistan.

“I missed his first steps, his first words,” said Staff Sgt. Morgan. “He said his first word the day after I left for Afghanistan.”

His first word was 'Dada.'

Private First Class Joseph Manos was barely off the airplane when he dropped to one knee and asked his girlfriend to be his wife.

“She's stayed with me through basic and a deployment,” Pfc. Manos said. “She's my high school sweetheart, so I figured I'd lock it up.”

Another 32 soldiers from 3rd Brigade will be returning to Fort Campbell on Wednesday.

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