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First Coast soldier returns home after 13 month deployment

10:39 PM, May 31, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A First Coast soldier is back home with his wife. David Mellert has returned after a 13 month tour in Afghanistan.

"This is a good day today," Mellert's mom said.

First Coast News was there last year, when Mellert proposed to his now-wife at JIA before his deployment. And now Thursday, we were there again as he came back home.

"The last time I came here, right before I left for Afghanistan, I proposed here in the airport. And I got a very warm reception," Mellert said. "Coming back here, trying to spend some time with the wife. That's the most important thing."

Mellert, his wife, and his mother are all very happy that his tour is over.

"It's been a year of worrying, and a lot of praying, hoping that he would be ok."

 

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