781st coming home

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 3, 2004

After well over a year the 781st Alabama Army National guard unit is back where it began, in the USA.

At approximately 2 a.m. Wednesday, the 781’st arrived back at Fort Benning, Georgia where they were called to duty last February.

Many people from Butler County were on hand to welcome the unit home including

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Annie May and Dewey Eady.

The Eady family went over and welcomed their son, Georgiana native Rocky Eady.

&uot;We waited until they arrived and stayed for as long as we could,&uot; said Annie May. &uot;We all went over to Fort Benning with them and had a great time. We were just so happy to see them and to have them home.&uot;

The Eady family was especially happy to see their son after hearing that he had sustained injuries in Iraq.

&uot;Rocky was injured when he was in a wreck,&uot; said Annie May Eady. &uot;He had to do a lot of physical therapy, but he hung with it.&uot;

The exact time of the unit’s return to Georgiana is still unknown.

However, the families have been told that they will return some time on April 9.

For the Eady family, they could not arrive home too soon.

&uot;We just can’t wait,&uot; said Eady. &uot;We are going to plan something for them to make sure that they really feel welcomed.&uot;

According to Martin Dyson, with the Alabama National Guard Public Affairs Office, the unit’s return to south Butler County will take several days.

&uot;Generally it takes three to four days to out-process,&uot; he said.

&uot;Their return time to their home armory in Georgiana will be determined by the availability of transportation.&uot;

The Greenville Advocate will post the time of arrival of the local soldiers in Wednesday’s edition.