He was injured in one of the the deadliest battles for US troops, and now he's home in east Texas. Two months ago, 21 year old Army Specialist Aaron Davis of Kilgore was injured after insurgents attacked his Kunar base in Afghanistan. Nine of his comrades were killed. But yesterday - good news. Specialist Davis returned home and KLTV 7's LaKecia Shockley was there.
For Specialist Aaron Davis, this homecoming welcome is one he'll never forget.
"I knew it was going to be a lot of people but I didn't think it would be this many but it's special," he said at his homecoming Sunday. "I wish all the guys could be here you know they could see the support of East Texas because guys that are from big cities don't get this and that's sad but that's just the way it is."
Davis had shrapnel removed from behind his eye after his brigade was attacked. He received a Purple Heart for his brave service.
"I wouldn't have done nothing different..nothing. Not the day I got hit, not before that. I wouldn't have done nothing different. I just wish everybody could meet all the guys that I serve with because to me it's a team. You'll never forget the guys you served with and that's the main thing."
Aaron's parents say they are thinking about the famlies of the 9 fallen soldiers who lost their lives.
"Those that lost their lives are the true heroes and I'm not sure what I'm going to say to those mothers. We hope and pray that it's none of our sons and daughters," said Davlyn Davis, Aaron's mom.
So with hugs and lots of thank this east Texas family couldn't be prouder of their brave son, and they're grateful that east Texans are showing him love too.
"Thank you, East Texas, I'm sure you will make Aaron very proud to see all the support," said Alvin Davis, Aaron's dad.
Davis is home for thirty days, and in those days he'll celebrate his 22nd birthday on the 21st of this month. He says he's just going to get some much needed east Texas R&R.