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Welcome Home Defenders of Freedom

On Friday, October 7, 2005, 140 Marines and Sailors of the Akron, Ohio based Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Reserve Marine Regiment returned home from seven months in Iraq. They received a warm pre-dawn welcome home from hundreds of family members, friends, and well wishers at the MAPS Air Museum located at the Akron-Canton Airport.

The 3/25 Marine Reserve Battalion has companies in Brook Park, Akron, and Columbus, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; and Moundsville, West Virginia. The 1,200 strong battalion lost 48 killed and more then 150 wounded during that seven-month deployment.

Some 160 members of the battalion's headquarters and service company received a similar welcome home from family members in Brook Park, Ohio on Thursday. They landed at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and were greeted to a "wash down" by the airport's fire trucks.



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