U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Bryant M. Sawdey got a big welcome home on Wednesday morning, Aug. 22, after five months active duty in Afghanistan. Part of that welcome came as quite a surprise.
Not only were family and friends ready to greet him and his wife, Paige (Cannon) Sawdey, but the Patriot Guard Riders, Toledo Police, Tama County Sheriff Dennis Kucera and Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police interim Chief Brian Shimon joined in escorting the Sawdeys from the Meskwaki Hotel Casino to his mother, Marcia Sawdey's, workplace at the Tama County Administration Building in Toledo.
Cpl. Sawdey, 22, and his wife then got a second escort to the South Tama High School to be greeted by his sister, Micaela, 16, a junior in her first day of the new school year.
Homecoming for United States Marine Corp Corporal Bryant Sawdey and his wife, Paige, (at left) was complete with family members and the Patriot Guard Riders on Wednesday, Aug. 22. Others, from left are his mother Marcia, sister, Micaela, grandmother, Sue Sturtz and brother, Dan Quigley. Cpl. Sawdey has just completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan. STORY- MORE?PHOTOS?PAGE?8.
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The Patriot Guard escort was organized by Sawdeys; brother, Dan Quigley, a Toledo Police officer, as a special wy t welcome him home.
Paige Sawdey said the couple will be here until Sept. 15 when thay head back to their home at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Cpl. Sawdey enlisted is Feb., 2010, and is just over a four-year active duty stint. He is a 2009 graduate of South Tama High School..
The Patriot Guard Riders is a national organization dedicated to honoring and paying respect to U.S. military personnel and their families.
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