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January 23, 2004

Thomasville - "Every time you hear about a bombing like over the weekend, the hair stands up on the back of your neck," says Pat Woodall.

She works at Thomas University in Thomasville where she walks past a sign everyday that shows how many American soldiers have died since major combat ended in Iraq.

She says, "He's really in the middle of the whole thing, and you just hope everyday that he's going to be fine."

Woodall was in the Navy for more than 10 years, but says having her son, Staff Sergeant James Diamond, in harm's way is still frightening. "I have an idea of what goes on," she says. "But then, the mom half, the other part of me, just wants him to be home and be safe. So you're very hard, very torn."

But she knows what he is doing is worthwhile, and looks forward to his homecoming in March. Of seeing him when he returns, she says, "There would be no way they would be stopping us. Even if it's just for five minutes just to see him, and give him a hug and know that he's home." Back to the home he's been defending.

Staff Sergeant James Diamond is currently serving with the Army National Guard in Baghdad. He is a police officer in California when he is not on active duty.

posted at 3:53 PM by karen.collier@walb.com