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Soldier Returns Home


It is a happy homecoming for a Bryan County family.  Their son is home from his second tour in Iraq. The Gatlin and Claborn families are much happier now since Sgt. Kevin Gatlin is back from Baghdad.

His son, Ashton, was three years old the last time he left for Iraq. Now he's in the first grade and ready for his dad to start playing baseball with him. 

Sgt. Gatlin returned just a few weeks ago, and with him he brought a gift for his parents and his in-laws - American flags flown over one of Saddam Hussein's palaces. When asked why he wanted to give the gifts, he said it felt like the right thing to do.

While in Iraq, Gatlin worked on humvees and armor, helping to protect other service men and women.  He says he's grateful for the love and support of his family and his wife Tabitha, and of course very glad to be back home.

His in-laws have yellow ribbons tied around their front porch and trees. They say those won't be untied until all the troops come home.

Katy Blakey, KTEN News