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Kennett Native on the Seas for the Army

Sgt. 1st Class Bobby Holmes, a Kennett native, serves as a navigator on an Army TSV in the Indian Ocean. (KAIT/US Army) Sgt. 1st Class Bobby Holmes, a Kennett native, serves as a navigator on an Army TSV in the Indian Ocean. (KAIT/US Army)
The Theater Support Vehicle, or TSV, that Sgt. Bobby Holmes serves as navigator on. (KAIT/US Army) The Theater Support Vehicle, or TSV, that Sgt. Bobby Holmes serves as navigator on. (KAIT/US Army)
Ernest Holmes prays with his wife, Carolyn, that their son makes it home safely from the Middle East. (KAIT/T.Hawks) Ernest Holmes prays with his wife, Carolyn, that their son makes it home safely from the Middle East. (KAIT/T.Hawks)

March 21, 2003
Posted at: 7:00 p.m. CST

KENNETT, Mo. -- Bobby Holmes is now a Region 8 hero, but his parents would rather see him home.

Sergeant First Class Bobby Holmes joined the Army out of Kennett High School almost twenty years ago. His parents, Ernest and Carolyn rarely see their son. He's moved from Kennett and now lives in Virginia. He was ready for retirement in six months, but he was called to take part in one last mission: Operation Iraqi Freedom.

"I was hoping he wouldn't have to go out again, but, that's his job," Ernest Holmes said.

Bobby is aboard one of the Army's newest vessels, helping navigate what the Theater Support Vessel, or TSV.

"It's the Army's grand plan to move, the company sized unit with their equipment," Sgt. Holmes said on the deck of the TSV in the Indian Ocean.

The TSV looks like a racing ship, moving very fast. It almost flies through the water at almost 50 miles per hour. While doing his part during a very important mission, Sgt. Holmes can't check in often to say where he is, or what he's doing.

"The last time I talked with him, he was on the Indian Ocean," Ernest Holmes said. "Hopefully, it's not long (before we hear from him again.) We don't know. We just don't know.

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