Mississippi welcomes home the 1687th - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

Mississippi welcomes home the 1687th

Handshakes from Mississippi's Major General were part of a ceremony honoring members of the 1687th Transportation Company.

"We're just so proud of our fellow Mississippians and fellow Americans coming together and honoring us," Sgt. Shelli Marquis said.

This homecoming at the Desoto Civic Center was a chance for Midsouth families to say thank you to the hundreds of men and women who spent almost two years in Iraq transporting supplies to army troops.  

Today loved ones are relieved to have them back home in Desoto County. 

"He was gone for so long and did so much over there and was in harms way and I'm just so happy he's back safe," soldier's wife Linda Ashton said.

During their tour of duty the men and women of the 1687th traveled over a half million miles of some of the most treacherous roads in the world.

Their service was not only brave but outstanding.  Their missions were 99 percent effective, far exceeding the performance of any other unit in Iraq.   And everyone returned home alive.  Giving Mississippi families hundreds of reasons to give thanks. 

"No matter what people's views are on the war or what's going on they've always been so supportive of their soldiers," Marquis said.
 
 


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