Broken Arrow family waiting on their Marine son to return home
Thursday, April 17th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6
The heavy fighting in Iraq may be over and there are indications some units may be headed home. A Broken Arrow family is ready for their Marine to get home and they have something special planned for him.
News on 6 reporter Rick Wells was invited to a rehearsal for a musical version of home front support. Two-year-old Aden is helping dad do a little storm clean up. Aden really likes to ride a toy tractor. There are yellow ribbons everywhere, on trees and the mailbox. Some they put there, some contributed by the neighbors.
Aden's older brother, Bo, is a sniper with the US Marines in Iraq. Bo DelloIocona graduated from Broken Arrow High in '99 got football scholarship to Southwest Missouri Baptist, but wanted something more. Thomas DelloIocona, Boâ€™s father, "He didn't want to finish college up there. It was just not for him." The hints were all around maybe they just didn't recognize them. Karen Dellolocona, Boâ€™s mom, "We always used to call him GI-Bo." Thomas: "One day we got a call, Mom, Dad I've joined the Marines."
Monday night they got a call from him. Said his unit might be moving south back toward Kuwait and perhaps home ahead of schedule. There's a big DelloIocona fan club waiting to see him, his 7year old sister Dominica. And brother Alex who's 11 and a half.
Alex has been working up a song on piano, a special tune for his big brother Bo I think you'll recognize it, Semper Fi. Alex plays the Marine Hymn.
Alex has a piano recital next week. Big brother Bo won't be back by then, but Alex can play the Marine Hymn for him plenty when he does get home.