Back to Iraq

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Her Christmas wish-list was short. All Tammy Reynolds wanted was "Rodney. Just Rodney." One gift. One big gift.

And her wish was granted.

Tammy's husband, 6 foot 3, 235-pound U.S. Army Sgt. Rodney Reynolds, made a surprise visit home from Iraq for the holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas became one big holiday.

"We did Christmas Thursday night, after Thanksgiving dinner," said Rodney, early Friday afternoon at his mother and stepfather's house in Frankfort. Christmas 2003 was early because Reynolds is scheduled to return to Iraq sometime this week.

For Christmas gifts, Rodney's family members received prayer rugs from Iraq, American flags flown in Iraq, and decks of Iraqi Most Wanted playing cards.

He's an Apache helicopter crew chief mechanic with Fort Campbell's 101st Army Airborne Division. He came home for about a month when he was assigned the duty of escorting a damaged Apache helicopter back to Fort Campbell.

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