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03/19/07 - Huntington

Hometown Hero Returns from Iraq

by Ramonica R. Jones

Nineteen-year-old Cody Hadden is a lance corporal in the U.S. Marines. He comes from a family full of soldiers who proudly serve our country. The Huntington High School graduate joined the military just over a year and a half ago. He recently served in Iraq, but now, he's coming back home to Huntington.

Bridget Hadden said, "He was on patrol in Ramadi, Iraq and snipers got him. [The bullet] actually hit his body armor and exploded, and it exploding is what caught him in the back and in the shoulder."

Hadden's son is among many troops risking their lives in a war many Americans criticize and question. Even though Cody was wounded at war, his mother believes he is one of the lucky ones.

"Actually, the phone call I got was from him the morning he was shot on the 20th of February. He said 'I didn't want anybody else to call you. I'm okay, but I've been shot'. And he played it off like it was a little scratch, but it was a pretty nice one."

The fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq is bittersweet for Hadden. She wants all of our soldiers to come home safely, but is proud of them for defending our freedom.

"I've got mixed emotions about that, but I've got a child over there. God bless them. They're all heroes to me. I'd love for every one of them to come home, and as long as they're there, we have no choice but to support them and back them."

Cody Hadden is in the middle of a 30-day convalescent leave. He'll return to Camp Pendleton next month before deploying overseas in January.

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