A group of dignitaries, including Governor Sonny Perdue, formally welcomed home the soldiers of the 48th Brigade to their headquarters in Macon today/yesterday.
From Georgia Public Broadcasting, Josephine Bennett reports.
On a 100 degree day a mass of soldiers marched up Poplar Street in front of city hall. They were greeted by Governor Sonny Perdue, other officials, and grateful community members willing to endure the heat.
More than 3-thousand troops returned to Georgia this spring after more than a year in Afghanistan. Their Commander, Colonel Lee Durham says his ‘citizen soldiers’; including Captain Nate Stone showed great bravery.
“Three times he ran across the battle field to collect up a killed soldier and two wounded soldiers. Out in front of his position in a fire fight, a round creased his boot. You know that’s just amazing and he’s a school teacher.”
Eight died during the deployment. The 48th also served in Iraq in 2004.