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When My Ship Comes In

Celebrating Homecoming Three Years Late



From brow to pier to taxi, that was his homecoming experience.

At the end of a seven-month deployment in December of 2010, Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Cothran skipped all of the excitement on the pier and headed home to an empty apartment. His wife was more than 700 miles away, only days from giving birth to their first child.

When deployment schedules caused him to miss a second deployment on Truman, he was determined to at least be there for homecoming. He wanted another chance to see what the fuss was all about.

All Hands magazine went along to see what he would find.