Dan Bewley, News On 6
TULSA, Oklahoma -- A Tulsa Marine is home for the holidays. Lance Corporal Lemarcus Walton is taking a break from serving in Afghanistan. His family gathered to welcome him home.
"This is really a proud moment for our family," said his sister Latasha Walton.
They're at Tulsa International watching the flights come in - waiting for a 19-year-old brother and son to come home from war.
"Just words just can't explain it," said father Lee Walton.
Lee Walton's son, Lance Corporal Lemarcus Walton, is a Marine. The family is here to welcome him home for the Christmas break.
"Big hug and probably a couple of tears," Latasha said.
After nearly an hour waiting, Lance Corporal Walton is home.
"Yeah, there go Marcus right there. I can see him," his sister said.
Family members gathered around the returning Marine for hugs.
"I couldn't ask - well, I have the best family anyway so I couldn't expect anything less than what they did for me," Lance Corporal Walton said.
Walton is one of several Tulsa servicemen and women who are home for the holidays.
Yeoman Carmine Capparello is in the Navy. He's spent the last six months in Iraq.
"You don't realize what you have until you don't have it," he said, kissing his fiancé. "I'm psyched."
Lance Corporal Walton spent his time in Afghanistan on search and rescue operations and as an escort. For the next 21 days, everywhere he looks you can bet he'll be surrounded by family.
Dan Bewley, News On 6: "Anything in particular you want to do while you're here?"
Lance Corporal Lemarcus Walton: "Just spend more time with my family, that's about it."
Dan Bewley, News On 6: "Any place you want to go?"
Lance Corporal Lemarcus Walton: "Home."
Lance Corporal Walton goes back to Afghanistan; he's already been told he won't be able to come back home for Christmas next year.
When he joined the Marines his father asked him why. His response: he wanted to join the best.