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12/23/07-Tyler

Soldier's Hometown Holiday Greeting Makes For A Happy Holiday

It was a holiday greeting that could not have come at a better time. 

"You can get letters, you can get phone calls, but you can't see how good he is until you actually see him in person," said Harry Wilson of Tyler.  Wilson's son, Air Force Staff Sergeant Michael Wilson, is serving his 4th tour in Iraq, a serviceman who has made serving his country a career.  After years of being apart, sending emails, and photos, the Wilson and his wife Rose, finally got to see their baby boy, Michael through a KLTV holiday greeting.

"He came in here one day and he said, dad, would it bother you if I joined the service?  I said, son, let me know where I take you," said Harry.  Wilson, a retired army sergeant, served his country for more than 20 years.

"I was really shocked, in a sense, when my son said he was going to go career, after the many years we drug him all over the country," said Wilson.  It's a life which has taken Michael, his wife and their two children across the world.  Rose and Harry Wilson said they have truly missed their son during the holiday seasons.  As a mother, Rose says she will always worry, but her heart will always swell with pride. 

"I just wish he was here," said Rose.  "I know he's serving his country, and he's doing what he wants to do, [and] he's proud of it."  It was a very special holiday greeting, from one military man to another. 

"A man likes to have a son that will grow up and fill his shoes," said Harry.  "The way he's grown up and matured, I think it would be hard for me to fill his shoes."

Layron Livingston, Reporting.  llivingston@kltv.com

 

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