Roar Of Applause For East Texas Soldier

Patriot Guard riders and dozens of family and friends welcomed Sergeant Don Maxwell II back home.

The Kilgore soldier arrived back tonight after serving 15 months in Iraq.

The outpouring almost left Sergeant Maxwell at a loss for words, who told us, "It feels pretty good. I feel like people here care about supporting the troops. "

Beth Miller with East Texas Military Families told us, "He was over there for 15 months in harm's way, fighting for other people, so we need to say 'thank you'."

Sergeant Don Maxwell will be in East Texas for 18 days before returning to base.

Posted By 10pm News Producer Kelly Hefelfinger