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Mid-South soldiers finish tour in Iraq, savor life at home

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DYERSBURG, TN (WMCTV) - More than 100 Mid-South soldiers have returned home safely after completing a year-long tour in Iraq.

People waving American flags filled Dyersburg's town square Sunday afternoon.

Soldiers unable to touch their loved ones for the past year savored the moment.

"It hasn't quite set in, kind of emotional," said Sgt. First Class Chance.

Soldiers said that being away from their family was the toughest part of their tour of duty.

Captain Sparky Fields said his daughters did some growing up while he was away.

"They're 2-3 inches taller, and much more mature," he said.

After seeing their families, the servicemen and women said they couldn't wait for some Southern home cooking.

"Missed my wife's hash brown casserole and sweet tea," Fields said, who says he has a new appreciation for his surroundings. "We take everything for granted - the grass, the beautiful weather, the friendly people."

Karen Fields says the year without her husband was long, as was the list of things she missed.

"Having an adult to talk to, someone to wake up next to in the morning," she said.

On Sunday, the long year without dad became just a memory for 6-year-old Alyssa Fields.

She said, "He gets to stay forever."


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