After seven months in Afghanistan, Marines from Tango Battery are home -- all of them
First came the banners, then the waiting, and finally the cheering and tears of joy -- it was the ritual of homecoming for Marines and sailors from Camp Pendleton, a practice formed through years of repeated deployments to Iraq and most recently Afghanistan.
Their families were at the ready when the 129 Marines and sailors from Tango Battery of the 5th battalion, 11th regiment, marched into view Tuesday after the long flight from Afghanistan.
The battery provided artillery support for infantry troops whenever called. More importantly to the families, the unit suffered not a single fatality despite being assigned to one of the most dangerous regions of Afghanistan.
-- Tony Perry at Camp Pendleton.
Photo: One of the many banners at the gymnasium where families awaited the return of Tango Battery. Credit: Tony Perry / Los Angeles Times