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Christmas comes early for military momma

By Layron Livingston - bio | email

CHEROKEE COUNTY, TEXAS (KLTV) - Bertha Gordon couldn't wait to wrap her arms around her son. Gordon was one of dozens of family members, friends, and complete strangers who lined the parking lot of Corinth Baptist Church near Bullard waving American flags--rolling out the red, white, and blue carpet for Gordon's son, Army SFC. Anthony Gordon. 

"I'm very proud of him," she said. "He's a real strong man and I thank God for him."

Gordon raised five boys, but it's been a while since she's seen Son #4--The Army Son.

He couldn't be home for Thanksgiving, but Christmas came early for Bertha, Saturday morning. Her son, Anthony drove onto the church lot, greeted by cheers and applause.

"It's an excellent Christmas present."

Sgt. Gordon joined the Army in 1989. "I love serving my country, doing what I do," he said. 

During his nearly 22-year Army career, Gordon served in Desert Storm, he was sent to Korea, and Germany.

He wrapped up his second tour of duty in Iraq earlier this year.

"Some haven't seen him since his younger days," said Dennis Crayton, Sgt. Gordon's cousin. Crayton is also Army veteran who served in Vietnam.

"I'm hoping the Lord brings him back one more time."

Gordon also took time to hug new friends who showed up to show their support.

"They didn't have to come out here, today, but that means a lot to me," he said.

He's looking forward to eating some of mom, Bertha's good cooking. Bertha Gordon said she already made him his favorite: sweet potato pie.

Sgt. Gordon said he plans to stay in the Army for a few more years. He and his family are expected to head back to Fort Benning, Georgia where he is based, Sunday. 

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