Families Welcome Battalion from Afghanistan [Montage]

Scenes accompanying a Camp Pendleton Patch homecoming story.

Lilli Ozenne drove from the San Francisco Bay area to see her son, Cpl. Ryan Cole, a member of the 1st Marine Division, return from seven months in Afghanistan.

She was one of hundreds of family members waiting in a cold fog on base late Monday evening for some 230 members of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines.

“We’re just happy they’re coming home,” she said. “It’s been a long few months.”

The unit’s mission in the southern and central Helmand River Valley was to interdict and disrupt enemy command and logistical efforts. Doing so, it lost 17 Marines.

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