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Parent's Experiences: 3/4 29 Palms 2003 | 3/11 29 Palms 2004
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Homecomings: Mom, I'm Home!

Thank you, to each and every one of our Marines, for your service to our Country and to the Iraqi people! Thank you, and God Bless you and carry you through your journies in life!

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Ooh Rah!! The following Marines and/or units have returned from Operation Iraqi Freedom:

  • October 16, 2003: From Pam, Marine Mom to Justin from Avon Park, FL
    These photos are of LCpl Justin Jordan's homecoming party. Justin is with Echo Co. 2/5 Weapons Platoon. He returned from Iraq on Aug.12. He was able to spent time with his family in Avon Park, Fl. from Aug.14-Sept.19. We had a wonderful turnout from the community who wanted to show their support for one of their own hometown heroes. Hope you enjoy the photos. Semper-Fi PamP, Proud U.S.M.C. Mom

  • October 6, 2003: From Carol, Marine Mom to Willie from Charlotte, NC
    Welcome home Willie! Here's a commentary posted Thur Oct 2, 2003 by Bill Hudson of the Charlotte Observer about Carol's son Willie while in Iraq: www.charlotte.com

  • September 20, 2003: From Kristina, Marine Wife to Chris from Gainesville, GA
    Chris and Kristina, Grace and New Baby for Daddys homecoming from Iraq(1/4) Chris has made it home! He met his new daughter for the first time on September 13, 2003 at 6:30 p.m. Click here to see the new baby photos and photos of Daddy in Iraq.
    Click to View Larger Homecoming Photo

  • September 17, 2003: From Karla, Marine Mom to Jeff from Ft. Mitchell, KY
    Gieske Homecoming from Iraq(3/7 Lima Co) My son, Cpl. Jeff Gieske, 3rd Bat., 7th Marines, Lima co. out of 29 Palms, CA, just returned from karbala, Iraq on 9/4/03.... this is a picture of me (Mom-Karla) and Jeff after that glorious moment when he stepped off the bus!! What a joy that feeling was... just wanted to share and say thanks again for this web site!!
    Click to View Larger Photo of Jeff & Karla

  • August 3 News Article
    Little Rock - A big welcome home celebration for a local marine who served on the front line in Iraq. Family and friends hosted a party in honor of Sergeant Carl Lewis who just returned to Little Rock.

  • July 16, 2003: From Delbert, Marine Dad to Thomas from Oklahoma City, OK
    (2nd MEB 8th Comm Bn A Co) Thomas is now back at Camp Lejuene safe and sound and will be home approx 7/20.

  • June 10, 2003: From Melanie, Marine Fiance to Eric from Erie, PA
    (Truck Company) Great news!! Eric is in Lejeune...phone calls were made that the plane would be in about 1 so it didn't give time for anyone to travel but they think possibly Saturday they will be here in Erie. Just to let others know the Erie truck Company isn't all returning just like i think 20 along with 30 guys from Ebensburg...or vice versa. Love to those still yet to come home and thanks to all the support on this site.

  • June 8, 2003: From Patti, Marine Mom to Brandon from Massillon, OH
    (1/5 Charlie Co) Tracy, I just got a phone call from Brandon, and he is back at Camp Pendleton! His plane actually arrived earlier than expected by a couple of hours. He sounds great and is anxious to get back home. He said it seems funny to be able to see English on the signs and buildings! While he was in Iraq, he met another Marine who is a neighbor of one of our friends. He said he took lots of pictures and I'm anxious to see them. They had posted some pictures and articles at Camp Pendleton, and he was describing them for me and laughing about some of them, and a couple times I said, "Oh, yeah, I saw that picture!" I asked about some of the Marines whose moms I have met on this site, and he knew Carolee's son. We have so much to catch up on! I can't wait to get him back home!

  • June 7 News Article: 3/5 Marine
    Goldberg, who serves with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment, 1st Marine Division, had returned from the war in Iraq and a debriefing in California. He arrived early yesterday at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

  • May 31, 2003: From Teanne, Marine Mom to Sgt Carl Basham from Austin, TX
    (1/5 MT) Just wanted to let you know that I just returned from the homecoming of the 1/5 at Camp Pendleton. It was great seeing all our boys coming home. My son was shocked to see his family there for his return. The "key volunteers" of the 1/5 did a great job planning the reunion. I'm so happy to have my son back and hope all our men and women will be coming home soon. Thank you so much for this website.

  • May 31, 2003: From Nancee and Kerry, Marine Parents to Paul of Dallas, TX
    Mounce Homecoming 3/4 Marines(3/4 from 29 Palms, CA) Thanks for all you did to support the Marine Moms website. The information was a source of relief and encouragement. Wonderful job! Paul returns home today. He drove back with a buddy with 3/4 who is also from the Dallas area. Enjoy Derrick's time home. I have attached a pic of Paul hugging his mom at the home coming. Click for Larger Photo

  • May 28, 2003: From Claudia, Marine Mom to Darren from Bakersfield
    (2d CEB Motor T) Wednesday 1:45 PM, Pacific Time I received a phone call from my son. He had just arrived at Cherry Point, NC. He said he was doing fine and glad to be home. Said he would call back after he called his girlfriend and charged his cell phone battery. This is the answer to a lot of prayers and we are praying that the rest of our troops come home soon. Darren is with the 2d CEB Motor Transport out of Camp Lejeune. Good Luck to everyone else.

  • May 23, 2003: From Parents, Wives, and Family of 3/4 Marines
    (3/4 from 29 Palms, CA) 3/4 is home! Here are some pics that many Marines and their family wanted to share: Photos 3/4 Homecoming. If you are a 3/4 Marine or family member and have photos to share, please email them to 29Palms34@MarineParents.com

  • May 23, 2003: From Tracy, Marine Mom to LCpl Derrick Jensen from Columbia, MO
    (3/4 from 29 Palms, CA) Derrick and 3/4 are home! Here are some pics: photos-derrick-homecoming

  • May 17, 2003: From Leisa, Marine Sister to Carlton from Fredericksburg, VA
    MY BROTHER IS HOME! My brother arrived today 05/17 in North Carolina. He flew in today because the stop loss was lifted. He and my mother are on their way home from NC and should be here in Fredericksburg in about five hours. We are so excited! I just wanted to share the good news. Lets keep praying for those guys.
    Click here for a photo of Carlton and his younger brothers
    Slide Show of Carlton's Return
    Slide Show of Photos in Iraq/Kuwait taken by Carlton

  • May 7 News Article
    At Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, about 180 members of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11 arrived at about 1 a.m.

  • Marine Air Group 11 prepares for homecoming
    SAN DIEGO (April 25, 2003) -- Thirty Marine Aircraft Group 11 Marines returned home from Operation Iraqi Freedom Tuesday.

  • HMLA 267 is home.

  • April 19 News Article: 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit
    NEW RIVER, North Carolina (CNN) -- The U.S. Marines were overwhelmed in North Carolina on Friday -- by their lonely spouses, anxious parents and beaming children.


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