Marine Is Home

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

After serving two tours in Iraq, a Kentucky marine is home.

Sergent Todd Smith served 4 years in the Marines and is returning home for the last time.

Family and friends gathered in Middlesboro to welcome him home.

Sergent Todd Smith's homecoming is long overdue. He told his mother he enrolled only one day before he left for boot camp.

“I can still remember as fresh as the day that it happened when he got on that bus the first time to go to Iraq. I can still see him when he turned around to say bye to me and it's like you don't know it's like you don't know if you're ever going to see him again,” Brenda Baker said.

Sergent Smith served 4 years in the military.

Injuries include shrapnel, partial loss of hearing and sight, and even some nerve damage. His family is anxious to get him home.

Anxious hours passed before Smith arrived.

The homecoming was priceless and Sergeant Smith is happy to return to civilian life, and a normal routine.

“Mixed feelings, really. It feels kind of weird, feels like I have to go back tomorrow. But it's nice to be home for good,” Smith said.

Smith says this was his last tour of Iraq and is now home for good.

“When you see a military man or woman soldier, airman, marine, army, whatever... stop and shake his hand. he deserves it,” Baker said.

Smith says he is most looking forward to sleeping now that he is home.

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