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Marshfield brothers return home from Iraq


by Colby Robertson

VOLK FIELD (WAOW) -- An emotional day as dozens of troops from our area are returning home after a year long deployment in Iraq.

300 soldiers from the Wisconsin Army National Guard's First Battalion 128th Infantry landed at Volk Field this afternoon.

It's a sweet homecoming for Specialist Jonathan Bohl reunited with his wife Ashley and their two kids Jozlyn and Junior.

Ashley Bohl says, "He left and they took them for training and Junior started walking when he was gone so he missed his first steps. It's been pretty difficulty have two young ones."

Bohl was allowed to come home briefly for the birth of his daughter four months ago but hasn't seen her since she was two weeks old.

Spc. Jonathan Bohl says, "It's been really hard. I've only been home six months in the last three years so even him, I haven't gotten to see him grow up very much and every time I come home, he's way more advanced."

It was Bohl's second tour of duty, but he wasn't alone while serving overseas. He was joined by his brother Staff Sgt. Chris Bohl. He too is now looking forward to being home with his wife and two kids and catching up on everything he missed out on.

Staff Sgt Chris Bohl says, "I missed out on a lot. We had a lot of pre deployment stuff even though it was a 9 month deployment there a three month build up so I missed him walking. I missed her first day at preschool so I missed a lot of family time."

From here the soldiers will head to Fort McCoy where they'll be debriefed for the next four or five days. From there they'll head home.

Nearly 300 more Soldiers from the 32nd Brigade will return to Wisconsin Tuesday. This will be the third wave of troops returning from Iraq.

More solider's are expected to return on multiple flights throughout the week.

Online Reporter: Colby Robertson

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