White Hall Welcomes Troops Home with Parade

February 5, 2006 - Posted at 2:43 p.m. CST

WHITE HALL, Ark. (AP) _ Soldiers of the 212th Signal Battalion

were welcomed home to Arkansas after serving 18 months in Iraq.

Several hundred people turned out yesterday at White Hall for a

parade celebrating the unit's return, lining the streets of the

Pine Bluff suburb.

The 136 soldiers of the 212th Signal Battalion, Company C, Rear

Detachment, were in Iraq to provide communications services for the

155th Brigade of Mississippi. The troops marched into the city park

to greetings and applause of people shouting ``welcome home guys''

and ``thank you for what you do.''

The soldiers then were served dinner at an armory across town,

with cooks preparing pork loin, barbecued beans and all the

trimmings -- including dessert.

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