Saturday, February 10, 2007

Soldier recovering from war injuries returns home

"Soldier recovering from war injuries returns home
Dorothy Nobis The Daily Times
Article Launched: 02/08/2007 12:00:00 AM MST
Sgt. Kenneth Gibson gives a thumbs up in this photo, taken in Baghdad .

FARMINGTON, NM — It was not the kind of homecoming 26-year-old Army Sgt. Kenneth Gibson expected.
A quiet and modest young man, Gibson requested his Feb. 3 arrival at the Four Corners Regional Airport be met with family.
When his plane touched down around 3:45. p.m. and he appeared at the door of the plane, approximately 50 people waited inside the terminal. As the Iraq War veteran met the awaiting crowd, they burst into cheers.
Gibson's father and stepmother, Larry and Rita Gibson, embraced him was he walked through the door. Also waiting where his grandparents, Frank and Alice Gibson, other family members, the Blue Star Mothers and Farmington Mayor Bill Standley. Despite his request for only a family welcome, Gibson smiled broadly when he saw the small assembly and visited with those gathered.
The reunion was not one of normal circumstances, however.
Gibson was injured Jan. 11 when the Humvee he and his team were in was hit by a bomb in Iraq. He sustained shrapnel injuries and was sent to a hospital in Germany,
where he remained for three weeks. Two other soldiers in the Humvee suffered minor injuries, Gibson said, and remained in the war-torn country." more...

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