Cherry Point Marines return home from nine-month deployment

Published: Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 05:10 PM.

“This is overwhelming,” Wilson said and looked at his son. “He’s grown so much.”

Wilson’s wife was also wiping away a tear.

“I tried not to cry,” she said. “I was happy when I heard he was coming home. I was also a little nervous because this is the first time I’ve seen him in a long time. But I’m definitely happy he is back.”

Inside the hangar, where there was a long table full of cookies and snacks and a bouncy house for the children and the Marines’ gear, Julie Porath said she drove from Atlanta, Ga. to welcome her son Cpl. Corbin Wildermuth back. She was looking for him through the crowd at the hangar door when he surprised her from behind.

“Oh my gosh!” Porath said.

This was her son’s first deployment, she said.

“This is extra special to us,” Porath said. “When he was aboard ship, he had a very serious reaction to a smallpox vaccine. They were fixing to airlift him to Rota, Spain, but at the last minute he began to turn around and get well. They kept him on the ship and he made his deployment. I’m very happy he is home.”

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