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4/12/05-Jacksonville

Soldier Home From Iraq Finally Able To Spend Time With Baby Daughter

Time spent with daddy's little girl can be precious for any father. But these days are even more precious for U.S. Army Specialist Terrance Horn. Back from Iraq, Terrance is finally able to spend time with the daughter that was born while he was away.

It's the tiny hand reaching towards her father, needing him to help with every step, that makes these moments at home the most important for Terrance Horn. "I'm never going to let her go, no way," Terrance said. For Terrance, the first time he lay eyes on little Ashtyne it was love at first sight.

"I saw her on a web cam, I don't even know when, she was just a couple of days old and I saw her lying in the baby bed." He was on the other side of the world, thousands of miles away, longing to hold his baby girl. "That was all I wanted to do was see her. Most of the time that was the only reason I got on the Internet," he said.

Ashtyne was born five months after Terrance was deployed to Baghdad. It was just 2 weeks ago when he stepped off the bus at Fort Hood he was able to take her in his arms. "I grabbed her and hugged her," he said with a smile.

For the 19-year-old father, mortar attacks in Iraq, dangerous convoys, were pushed aside by thoughts of a daughter waiting on him in Jacksonville. "Before he left, he was the person that I was always be like Terrance, what are we going to do, what are we going to do," said his mother, Daphne Escow. "He was pretty much the backbone of our family." "We are so proud of (Ashtyne) and him and him being able to be responsible," said his grandmother, Charlie May Escow, " and I feel like he'll be a good dad."

But for a man used to giving and receiving orders his every month is now commanded by an 8-month-old little girl. "She's running me," Terrance said, "she runs everything." From making a cot to preparing the cradle. A father fighting for his country and for the freedoms his daughter will inherit. "With her being here now, I don't know what would happen if she got hurt."

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com  

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