Gladewater Soldier Home From Iraq

A weary East Texas soldier returns home after a long tour in Iraq to a hero's welcome.  The Davis family of Gladewater had been waiting for this day for more than 15 months.

"I'm going to grab him and hug him," said Lynne Davis, who's son is coming home from Iraq.  With the Welcome Home Soldier group on hand, Army Sergeant Shane Davis made it home, Saturday.

"I'm glad that he's back because we prayed every single day for God to keep a protective shield over him," said Lynne.

"I had no idea what was going to happen today," said Sergeant Davis.  "This is mind blowing. This is awesome to see everybody come out and support me."  Sergeant Davis has been in the Army a little more than two years, 15 months of it in Iraq.  He was part of the troop surge and has seen its success.

"Good things are happening," said Davis.  "I know everybody watches the news and sometimes they don't show the best of stuff, but for the most part good things are happening."  Saturday, however, was about family and a time to put the war out of mind.

"There's a large change in our son, his faith is deeper and he came back as a man," said Lynne.  "He's not a little boy anymore."  It's a fourth of July weekend that will live long in the sergeants memory.

"It touched me, and I love it, Texas," said Davis.  "For the rest of my life, I'll remember this one."  Davis is home on a 30 day leave.  He will then go to his next duty station in Fort Lewis, Washington.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting.