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5/4/07-Longview

Marine Surprise Party At Mount Pleasant School

     An Iraq veteran got a little surprise this afternoon when he visited a Mount Pleasant school for what he thought was a slide show presentation. The class had adopted Lance Corporal Richard Stuart, wrote letters to him while he was in Iraq, and today, they wanted to show their appreciation. It was a carefully organized ambush by the junior high students, for a Marine they had adopted during his fighting over seas.

      "I hope he feels the pride that we feel for him and our soldiers I think he'll be blown away" said Mount Pleasant teacher Mary Bailey.

     The 24 year old Stuart says he never expected a reception like this.

    "Oh my gosh I was just I was dumbfounded, It boggles the imagination" said Stuart.

      Kids and teachers had followed Stuart's service in Iraq, and sent him care packages. They felt connected to him.

    "Well I mean he was in the war and he deserves a lot more than most of the people in this world" said Mount Pleasant 8th grader Jacob Isom.

     "I would like to thank him for all he did fighting the war and thank him for fighting for our country" said fellow 8th grader Juan Chavez.

    For Stuart, it was almost more than he could believe, or felt he deserved.

   "It's hard but it's nice to know that what we do is for a good cause." the Marine says.

     If there was doubt about whether support was still out their for our troops overseas, for Stuart, this put it to rest.

     "We 110 percent support our soldiers overseas and at home" said Bailey.

    Stuart will finish out his 6 year commitment to the Marine Corps, and will then attend college at the University of Texas, training for a career in teaching.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting bhallmark@kltv.com

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