"Pen-Pal" Marine Greets Pittsburg 4th Graders

Marine Lance Corporal Nemen Wilson is finally back home in Pittsburg after spending seven months in Iraq.

During those months, Pittsburg Intermediate fourth grade students adopted Lance Corporal Wilson as their hometown hero.

For Lane Corporal Wilson, the fourth grade Pittsburg students, along with his little brother Chesney Davis, have been his rock.

"The last couple of months we wrote him a lot of letters and we sent him a lot of boxes," said Davis.

"It feels good being appreciated. I'm really happy. To get all the letters and cards from the students-- it makes you feel real good," said Corporal Lance Wilson.

From the "Welcome Home Nemen" poster to gifts, Pittsburg Intermediate students are proud to show him how much they appreciate him.

"I've been looking forward to meeting him all year. I wanted to meet him and ask him  questions like, 'How was it in Iraq?' The Marines and soldiers risk their lives for us and they have a choice to fight for us. So, I'm really proud of them," said fourth grader Peyton Gilbert.

As for Nemen's little brother Chesney, he said there are two reason why he is so proud Nemen.

"He's my big brother and I love him. That's why I'm proud of him."

Lance Corporal Wilson will be home for a couple of weeks before heading back to Iraq June 16th.

LaKecia Shockley, Reporting. lshockley@kltv.com