North Carolina National Guard unit that lost comrades in Afghanistan welcomed home

A member of the 514th Military Police Company gets a warm welcome home. (Image courtesy Dennis Delong.)

May 20, 2013 5:40:33 AM PDT
A North Carolina National Guard Military Police unit that suffered hard losses in Afghanistan returned to a hero's welcome in Greenville this weekend.

Members of the 514th Military Police Company marched through the streets as flag waving supporters cheered.

The group even got an escort from the Greenville Police Department.

There were lots of hugs and kisses from family members who haven't seen their loved ones since the unit deployed a year ago.

The 514th lost three of its members in October to a suicide bomber. Killed were Sgt. Donna R. Johnson, 29, of Raeford, N.C., Sgt. Jeremy F. Hardison, 23, of Browns Summit, N.C., and Sgt. Thomas J. Butler IV, 25, of Leland, N.C.


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