Deployed Bragg Soldier Returns Home To Emotional Reunion With Family
Posted August 19, 2003 4:25 a.m. EDT
FORT BRAGG, N.C. — WRAL has been following the White family for more than six months since Sgt. Gerald White deployed to Afghanistan. But on Monday, he made it home to an emotional reunion.
After a long trip, White was the first Fort Bragg soldier off the plane. After a discreet wave to his family and a quick welcome home ceremony, Gerald was reunited with his family -- a moment that, at times, seemed so far away.
"I wanted to run to them. We had to walk together. I was happy when I saw them," he said.
It has been more than six months of emotional ups and downs for his wife Angela, but after one kiss, it all seems forgotten.
"It was magic. I can't believe it," Angela said.
Savannah was just four months old when her father was deployed. He said his biggest fear was that his little girl would not know him, but that did not appear to be the case.
"I thought she'd scream or turn back to Angela. I'm definitely happy," he said.
Gerald said he was happy to be together again with his family after being apart for so long.
"I can't make up days we missed. I can just pick up where we left off and go one day at a time," he said.
Gerald and Angela White said they are leaving the kids with their grandmother this weekend so they can get away together. They said they have got a minivacation planned at Busch Gardens.