VIDEO: California Soldiers Welcomed Home from Iraq

Hugs, kisses and tears greeted more than 60 soldiers returning from Iraq at the San Mateo National Guard armory Friday morning.

Friends and family members gathered at the San Mateo National Guard armory Friday morning to welcome home more than 60 soldiers returning from Iraq.

The 297th Medical Company was the final California National Guard unit to return from Iraq, in keeping with the president's orders of complete withdrawal of U.S. troops before the year's end.

During their deployment, the 297th unit was responsible for providing regular medical and dental care for coalition personnel at various outposts throughout the country.

The company also worked alongside Iraqi military medical elements to conduct numerous simulated mass-casualty exercises that prepared them to stand on their own.

Joan S. Dentler (Editor) December 02, 2011 at 11:59 PM
Great video Laura....I didn't even know there was a National Guard armory in SM. What a happy day for those soldiers and their families.
Menandro Andy Bis December 03, 2011 at 03:36 AM
Laura thanks for the great video.
Laura Dudnick (Editor) December 03, 2011 at 06:40 AM
Menandro, thank you again for speaking with me today. I'm so glad your son is home safe and sound now! We're very grateful for his service. All the best, Laura
Candice Cain December 05, 2011 at 10:49 PM
Thank you for covering this wonderful event. We appreciate you taking the time with us and loved the video.
Bob Brill December 13, 2011 at 06:28 PM
Historically, during the unfavorable combat obligations of the country, San Mateo County citizens have always shown a rare patriotic response. This event is consistant with how most people react to its area service personels' contribution to "our way of life." I lived in Sacramento when the troops came back from Viet Nam, for example, to a parade! Maybe it have begun with Tom Lantos' service in politics, or maybe it began with the Japanese-American who was arrested during the Second World War for resisting the blanket imprisonment of his fellow Japanese-Americans. I do not remember his name, but San Mateo always has been on the side of applauding heros.
annette casillas December 13, 2011 at 08:13 PM
Welcome home, thank-you for your service. I sit here today glad you are all home, but proud and sad as my husband unit 1980th FST is somewhere over in Afghanistan area waiting to get to their final destination for a year long deployment. Merry Christmas all. Annette Freedom Calif. P.s I could not view the video for some reason..
Capwhan December 13, 2011 at 09:35 PM
What a difference 43 years makes, like when I came home from Nam. Nobody said "welcome" to me but what they did say was "baby killers." That can never be forgotten or forgiven.
George R. Horn December 13, 2011 at 09:52 PM
Capwhan, Welcome home brother, we at least made it, far too many didn't. You are correct it will never be forgiven or forgotten. Hope you have a Very Merry Christmas. George
Stephanie Miner December 14, 2011 at 01:48 AM
welcome home and and thank you all for your service!!
Fred Mitchell December 14, 2011 at 03:54 AM
Glad to see them boys come home,And the Vietnam vets,got insulted,they went thur their share of hell.
Martha December 14, 2011 at 10:51 AM
I'm so glad to see the right type of news hit the internet. Why don't all communities join together and do this for all service men and women?
Laura Dudnick (Editor) December 19, 2011 at 12:38 AM
Candice, thanks again for speaking with me for the video! Hope you have a great holiday season with your daughter. Laura


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