Lubbock Soldier Back Home in the South Plains - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/30/07

Lubbock Soldier Back Home in the South Plains

Canceled flights out of Dallas delayed his return, but Wednesday night a Lubbock soldier finally arrived home. 

Private First Class Joseph Kidd has been serving in Iraq for about a year, and he'll return to duty in two weeks.

Barry Kidd, Joseph's father, says, "He's managed to get here and this a probably the happiest time we've had in a long time, in about a year."

Joseph says he plans to travel to San Antonio later in the week for a special reunion with his friend and fellow Lubbock soldier Jason Bates. Bates is recovering after two improvised explosive devices detonated, and destroyed the humvee he was riding in.

Pfc Kidd says, "Yes, I'm really glad that I get to see him. It's a terrible thing what happened to him, but he's alive and I get to go see him, so I'm very excited to go see him."

Family members tell NewsChannel 11, Bates is at Walter Reed in Washington right now, but he'll soon be transferred to Brooke in San Antonio.

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