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Lodi's National Guard soldiers come home quietly; troops adjusting to life outside Iraq

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Posted: Friday, May 9, 2008 10:00 pm

When Chris Somera's neighbor tossed something in a trash bin at their apartment complex the other night, it wasn't anything out of the ordinary.

But Somera jumped at the metallic clang. For a split second he was back in Iraq, where he said improvised explosive devices sound like a Dumpster being dropped from several floors in the air. After all, he and some of Lodi's California National Guard soldiers have only been home since last Saturday.

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  • posted at 2:53 pm on Thu, May 15, 2008.


    Welcome home, boys. You all make us very proud and very happy you all came home safe, and thank you for all our freedoms."Facta Non Verba"

  • posted at 1:55 pm on Thu, May 15, 2008.


    OK... I have to admit, I'm liken those arms. This is one of the LNS better photos. So did you bring this hot weather home with you...? Sgt.Yummy Arms. lol**== (OK sorry, that was just wrong.)SSG Jeremy... you tote'n guns like that too? daaamn. ok sorry sorry. hehe**==

  • posted at 4:55 am on Tue, May 13, 2008.


    Welcome home, and to those flag waving vets and supporters that show up at the Sacto airport for every returning vet, stranger to them or not, Bless You.

  • posted at 6:18 am on Mon, May 12, 2008.


    Thanks Guys.You truly make Lodi proud.

  • posted at 6:53 pm on Sat, May 10, 2008.


    Good to see your face Steve. Your mom always tells me how good you're doing I'm proud of you and your friends. You truly are the future leaders of our country.

  • posted at 2:03 pm on Sat, May 10, 2008.


    I will always try to help others. It's the least I can do! Raymond.

  • posted at 9:08 am on Sat, May 10, 2008.



  • posted at 4:37 am on Sat, May 10, 2008.


    I, too, welcome you home! Thank you for your unselfish service to the citizens of this grand country. You are not forgotten.

  • posted at 3:46 am on Sat, May 10, 2008.


    Thank You, and welcome back Guy's. Try to stay informed about your Brothers and this new GI bill that John McCain is voting against by visiting the Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans of America web site @ It will give a list from the house and Senate of Rep's that are voting for it. I'm sorry that McCain does not think your worth a full ride through Collage for serving your Country in Combat. Good luck with your transition and future endeavors.

  • posted at 3:28 am on Sat, May 10, 2008.


    Welcome home! It's brave young men like yourselves that give us our freedoms and unique way of life. Thank you for your service and may God bless you. And thank you too, Raymond for also being a part of that same unique group of veterans.

  • posted at 1:49 am on Sat, May 10, 2008.


    As a disabled vet, 1972-1974 U.S.M.C., I welcome you home and wish the rest of our service men & women can come home safe as soon as possible. Raymond.



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