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December 18, 2004

Bainbridge- Specialist Thomas Watson's family wasn't sure if he'd be home for Christmas.

"We did a lot of praying and we felt like our prayers have been answered," says his mother Dorothy Watson.

"It's a definite special feeling to be home for the holidays," adds Spec. Watson.

Just three days after completing basic training, Watson and the rest of the 1230th Transportation Company were mobilized.

"I was kind of shocked," Spec. Watson says.

The unit was split into four groups. Watson was a member of three that stayed in Georgia conducting homeland security. The fourth went to Iraq.

"They're dedicated. Someone has to give for everyone else to receive," says Watson's father, Thomas Watson.

But the soldiers weren't the only ones who gave. The Watson's say it was tough to let Thomas go, but now that he's home they'll breathe a sigh of relief and try to make up for lost time.

"Got to spread him evenly between all of us, but we're really close. We're a family-oriented family, and we're close together and we'd like to stay that way," says Watson's sister, Alicia Clark.

The 1230th transportation company has been released from active duty, but the unit could still be called to Iraq.

Posted at 6:05 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com