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August 4, 2004

Norman Park - A south Georgia soldier back home, at least for a little while, says letters and support from home kept him and his buddies going in the desert.

Another happy homecoming. Private First Class Nick Nixon says, "Every time I come home it's like coming to a different country, everything is changing."

The south Georgia soldier has changed too. He sighs, "I've seen a couple of things, but I don't want to get into that on air."

The 21-year-old from Norman Park was in Fallujah for seven months. He admits, "It was pretty scary when I got there. Like bombs flying out of the sky."

Stories like bombs flying over Nick are tough to take in, especially when you're Mom. But, his mother, Mary Nixon, finally got her hands on him. She looks at him and says, "It's a dream come true, it really is. I don't want to let him go, ever."

But she will have to let him go again. Nick adds, "I have people over there waiting for me to come back, just like I have people over here waiting for me to come back over here."

Back in April, we did a story with Nick's mother and sister, Pellie. The pair adopted lonely soldiers who needed an escape from reality. Nick smiles, "Glad somebody is thinking about you and takes the time out of their day while you're over there."

Something as simple as a letter brings joy in the hot desert. Nick adds, "We give each other morale."

Nixon will leave again on Wednesday. He looks down, "I don't care to go back, but I have too many people waiting for me over there."

Torn between families, those in south Georgia and those in the desert.

Private First Class Nick Nixon says his unit has to serve at least seven more months in Iraq, but the First Armor Division's deployment could be extended.

posted at 6:38PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com