623rd Soldiers Honored

By: Tamara Evans
By: Tamara Evans

The remaining members of the 623rd Unit are home from Iraq and communities across the state are celebrating their arrival home. The soldiers are also celebrating.

"I was happy because I have two young kids and my wife, and I was glad to be back and start living again," says 623rd soldier Joseph Goble.

"I really missed Glasgow alot. I was born and raised here so it was a big change going from here all my life to somewhere totally different," says 623rd soldier Brian Hodges.

Many of the soldiers who returned home say they learned alot while in Iraq that they wouldn't have had the opportunity to see and learn otherwise.

"You have a respect for their religion, their discipline in their religion, and you learn alot about the people and what really goes on behind the scenes," says 623rd soldier Larry Martin.

"We take for granted on a daily basis what those people have never had the opportunity to experience, and that is freedom," says Kentucky Adjutant General Donald Storm.

"Being away from the stuff, freedom really, being away from the stuff we love is hard...but we had to fight for it so we'd enjoy it when we come home," says 623rd soldier Joshua Temple.

According to General Storm, they had over 3,200 projects planned for their time in Iraq, and before coming home 3,000 of those were already ongoing.

They included vaccinating over four million children, and building some new roads, schools, and hospitals.

While in Iraq, the unit lost three of their soldiers: 21-year-old Johnathan Hughes of Lebanon, Kentucky, 21-year-old Eric Lee Toth of Edmonton, and 22-year-old Ryan Montgomery from Greensburg.

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