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Monday, December 20, 2004


WELCOME HOME, RYAN: "HERO HOME FOR CHRISTMAS" 


My good friend Ryan Lowry is home from Iraq, for Christmas

I grew up with and went to high school with Ryan Lowry. His family lives down the street from where I live. Seeing Ryan, pictured with his 2 nieces, in today's New York Post brought a huge smile to my face. I'm happy for him and his great family.

We are all very proud of you, Ryan. Merry Christmas.

[NEW YORK POST]: December 20, 2004 -- It took Capt. Ryan Lowry three days to journey from the mayhem of Fallujah to the magic of home.

But after a Black Hawk helicopter ride to Baghdad, a military transport to Kuwait, and charter flights to Germany and Atlanta, he finally caught a plane to La Guardia and made it home for an early Christmas with his family in Queens.

The jetlagged 28-year- old West Point graduate and Bronze Star recipient had only three missions in mind for his surprise two-week holiday leave:

* Spend as much time as possible with his family and friends, whom he hadn't seen in 11 months.

* Have a drink or two (alcohol is contraband in Iraq).

* Get a decent slice of pizza.

"It was really nice but really crazy to be home," Lowry said, standing next to the Christmas tree with his parents, brother and sister. "I wanted to see everyone, and I had only two weeks to do it."

On Saturday Lowry and his extended Irish family celebrated Christmas a week early. There was a lavish turkey dinner, and presents were exchanged.


New York Post: HERO HOME FOR CHRISTMAS By JEREMY OLSHAN

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