Four Crawford County-area soldiers will be among 18 National Guard members returning home Wednesday after spending 12 months in Iraq as part of a 15-month deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.



The local contingent is among more than 100 soldier from the battalion who arrived at Fort Dix, N.J., last week. This deployment was the first combat deployment of the battalion since the Korean War in 1954.



Crawford County soldiers coming home are: Spec. Matthew S. Sammons of Spartansburg, Spec. Kenneth R. Anderson of Edinboro, Spec. Douglas I. Bailly of Cochranton, and Spec. Richard T. Chase of Meadville.



They will return by bus, leaving Fort Dix at 9 a.m. and arriving at the Corry Armory about 4 p.m., according to local Guard officials, who said the quartet then will return to their home separately.



Local residents and communities are invited to show their support for the soldiers with flags, signs and ribbon displays throughout the communities.



The unit will hold a special ceremony after the first of the year to honor the soldiers. At that time, friends, employers, community leaders and the public will be invited to show their support and appreciation.

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