Georgia Marine returns from Iraq - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Georgia Marine returns from Iraq

April 8, 2003

Lee County -- A Marine from the Albany Base has returned home after nearly three months in Kuwait and Iraq. His Lee County family is thrilled to have daddy back home after his tour in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Mark and Robyn Peeples can smile at the Yellow Ribbons she put up, now that he has returned home. Master Gunnery Sgt. Peeples was deployed to Kuwait January 26th. The logistics analyst coordinated the fielding and installation of equipment for the troops.

Peeples said "We just helped coordinate that incoming equipment, the incoming personnel. Getting it out to the units that were going to receive it and be able to put it to use."

For the 25 year Marine Veteran, this was Peeples fourth deployment. He moved around various bases in Kuwait and Iraq working under System's Command. In the first days of the war, he was threatened by Iraqi missiles. Peeples said "The first day of war is when we had that missile that impacted the camp I was at. That set the tone for the next couple of weeks at that camp. Constant SCUD drills. There were always SCUDS coming our way. Thank God the Patriot Missile batteries were doing their job much better than the last Gulf War."

Robyn says her three children did well while Mark was in the Middle East, thanks to friends support. She admits E-mails from him helped her fears.

Robyn said "You still wonder, you worry. That was probably the toughest. When I finally got an E-Mail, I said just send me "I'm O.K." when you can.

Mark said "Missing the kids was the toughest. When they told me it was time to head home, I remembered that I would be home in time for my daughter's birthday, and that was great. It's great to be home."

Mark Peeples was told last Wednesday to head home. He flew into Savannah Friday, but most of his gear has still not arrived. What counts most is that his family is together again.

Master Gunnery Sergeant Peeples has been given the rest of the week off. He is scheduled to return to work at the Albany Marine Logistics Base next week.

posted at 4:20PM by jimw@walb.com

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • PetSmart holds national adoption weekend for pets

    PetSmart holds national adoption weekend for pets

    Monday, February 19 2018 12:33 AM EST2018-02-19 05:33:47 GMT
    Nearly 40 animals were adopted out over the weekend at Petsmart. (Source: WALB)Nearly 40 animals were adopted out over the weekend at Petsmart. (Source: WALB)

    Dozens of animals in Southwest Georgia are curled up in new homes tonight.  That's thanks to PetSmart's National Adoption Weekend. Saturday three different Humane Societies from South Georgia brought pets looking for new homes to the Albany PetSmart. 

    More >>

    Dozens of animals in Southwest Georgia are curled up in new homes tonight.  That's thanks to PetSmart's National Adoption Weekend. Saturday three different Humane Societies from South Georgia brought pets looking for new homes to the Albany PetSmart. 

    More >>
  • Black history program honors history maker

    Black history program honors history maker

    Sunday, February 18 2018 11:55 PM EST2018-02-19 04:55:08 GMT
    Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers is the longest serving airman in U.S. history. (Source: WALB)Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers is the longest serving airman in U.S. history. (Source: WALB)

    "I'm always honored but more importantly I'm humbled that folks would honor me for doing the nation's business," said Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers. History-maker Major General Retired Alfred Flowers has been in South Georgia this weekend. 

    More >>

    "I'm always honored but more importantly I'm humbled that folks would honor me for doing the nation's business," said Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers. History-maker Major General Retired Alfred Flowers has been in South Georgia this weekend. 

    More >>
  • South Georgia city honored with state recognition

    South Georgia city honored with state recognition

    Sunday, February 18 2018 11:35 PM EST2018-02-19 04:35:21 GMT
    The City of Tifton was one of 9 communities honored with this recognition. (Source: WALB)The City of Tifton was one of 9 communities honored with this recognition. (Source: WALB)

    The City of Tifton hopes a new honor will help boost its economy and quality of life. This month, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs recognized Tifton for successful planning.

    More >>

    The City of Tifton hopes a new honor will help boost its economy and quality of life. This month, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs recognized Tifton for successful planning.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly