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Milo soldier returns from Iraq for late holiday

Article from Bangor Daily News, Tuesday, January 06, 2004

By Julia Hall
of the NEWS Staff

BANGOR Now that Lew Hussey, 22, of Milo is home from Iraq, his family can finally have Christmas."We've got our tree still up with all our lights on it and gifts still underneath," said Debbie Hussey, Lew's mother, Monday evening at Bangor International Airport .

But Debbie Hussey and her husband, Kim, said they got their Christmas present Dec. 8, when their son returned to Fort Hood, Texas, after an eight-month tour of Iraq.

"It's been a long wait," Debbie Hussey said. "We haven't seen him since before the war."

Lew Hussey, a petroleum supply specialist with the Army, left for Iraq on April 6 last year. In June, Hussey was involved in a raid where the 4th Infantry Division, the group that later captured Saddam Hussein, confiscated $8.5 million from two separate farmhouses in Baghdad. At the same time, 26 Iraqis were arrested.

During his stay in Iraq, Hussey was promoted from Army private first class to specialist. A graduate of Penquis Valley High School in Milo, Hussey enlisted in 2002 and did his training in Fort Lee, Va., before joining the 4th.

On Monday, Hussey returned from Texas for a nine-day vacation. Along with his family and friends, other community members and war veterans were at the airport to greet him.

"I didn't expect all of this," Hussey said as people came up to talk to him or shake his hand.

After his stay in Maine, Hussey will return to Fort Hood until March, when he will be discharged. He said he hopes to go to school and "put my G.I. Bill to use."

The Husseys said they know how lucky they are that Lew has made it home uninjured.

"We're happy that he's coming home, but we hope that everybody else does too," Kim Hussey said.

The Husseys have another reason to be grateful. In December, Lew was involved in a fatal car accident in Texas, but he was only slightly injured.

Now that he's home, the Husseys plan on making the most of his stay.

"I told him to think of something that's really fun that he would like to do," Kim Hussey said.

"And I've got to cook his favorite meal," Debbie Hussey said. "Homemade rigatonis and chocolate cake with peanut-butter frosting."

Indeed, Lew said the first thing he was going to do once he got home was eat a home-cooked meal.

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