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April 25, 2003

Columbus-- Some of the U.S. Army Rangers who helped fight the war in Iraq are back home at Fort Benning. Members of the 3rd Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment arrived Thursday night. Their relatives and friends were at Fort Benning for a formal welcoming ceremony Friday morning.

These soldiers spent about two months helping secure the northern front in Iraq. They spent a good deal of time fighting alongside Kurdish forces.

On their way home, the soldiers were treated to a special New York flyover that helped put perspective on their mission.

“It makes it all worthwhile. Last night on the flight, Continental gave us the opportunity to fly by Ground Zero," said Army Ranger Capt. Will Weinig. "We saw Ground Zero, we saw the Statue of Liberty and it had a huge impact on all of us and it's been an incredible homecoming, much better than the Afghanistan one we received about a year or so ago. So it's been really nice.”

The soldiers' homecoming comes with some sadness, however. three members of the 3rd battalion were killed April 3rd when a car exploded in a terrorist attack at a U.S. checkpoint in western Iraq.

posted at 5:30PM by dave.miller@walb.com