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Happy Reunions as Sailors Return Home

Lekebia Ford Lekebia Ford
Jose Perez Jose Perez

By Tracy Gladden

PEARL HARBOR (KHNL) --There were hundreds of heart warming reunions at Pearl Harbor Friday as the USS Port Royal and USS Hopper return following a six month deployment. Wives, children, and family members scan for their sailor as the ships pull into to Pearl Harbor.

Lekebia Ford awaits her husband with son AJ.

"He said is Daddy done fighting the monsters? Is he done fighting the monsters away? So that is how we kept him calm as far as Dad being gone so long, he thinks Dad is a superhero so superhero is coming home, he's excited," she said.

Excitement and tears of joy after six months of deployment in the Western Pacific to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. It's a first meeting for one sailor and his newborn twins.

Jessica Perez is excited to see her husband.

"I haven't slept for a couple days I've been real jittery, but I'm excited for this day, it's finally come," she said.

Her daughters made a sign for husband Jose.

"I just want to go home and see my dogs, see my family, I feel great," said Jose Perez. "Your family is supposed to be part of you, so when your gone you feel alone, but now I'm complete."

Deployed mothers are happy to finally reunite with their children. Wendy Williams misses her daughter.

"It's very hard being mommy and being gone so long. E-mail is a wonderful thing," she said. "Just talking to her, she's talking! Big difference."

They now walk away hand in hand for a much needed break.

While on deployment for Operation Iraqi Freedom, the 500 sailors provided disaster relief in Bangladesh after Tropical Cyclone Sidr.

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