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7/13/08--Colfax

Three East Texas Soldiers Reunited After 6 Years Apart

Sgt. First Class Adam Holmes is the oldest.  Sgt. First Class Daniel Holmes is the middle boy.  Specialist Joseph Holmes rounds out the bunch. 

Adam said normally, only one or two of his brothers can make it home while another was home.  "It kind of worked out," he said.

Daniel said it's been three years since he last saw his older brother.

"This is the first time we've all been together in about 6 years," said Joseph.

For the Holmes Boys, nearly 30 years of shared Army experience have kept them apart for the last six years.  Their careers and tours of duty have taken them to Germany, Korea, Kuwait, and Afghanistan.

"We think about each other when we're gone," said Daniel.  

But, Sunday they were all in Colfax, where it was just good to be home.

"When you've gotta a job like this, you never know when you're gonna be," said Daniel.  "So when you're at home and you have a chance to have a family, or settle down and hang out, that's what we do."

Adam said it's cool to see how his nieces and nephews have grown.  "It's like they jump six inches every time I come back," he said.

As flags wave proudly in the wind, it was obvious the sacrifices these brothers have made had hardly been forgotten. 

Deanna Miller said her three sons are her heroes.  At one time, she asked her sons why all three decided to go into the Army.  One of them said, "You taught us to love our country and protect our momma, and that's what we're doing."

Deanna said she's humbled by her sons' courage and sense of duty.

She also said her step-son is now planning to visit an Army recruiter.

Layron Livingston, Reporting.   llivingston@kltv.com

 

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