published Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Local marine's surprise return from Afghanistan

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    Marine Lance Corporal Cody Davenport surprises his little brother, Duke Davenport, at Ringgold Primary School.
    Photo by WRCB-TV Channel 3 /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

RINGGOLD, GA — It was an emotional homecoming for a North Georgia Marine who surprised his little brother and sister at their schools Wednesday. They had no idea their big brother was returning from overseas.

Marine Lance Corporal Cody Davenport has spent the last year serving in Afghanistan. Wednesday he made his way back home to Catoosa County. The 20-year-old enlisted as soon as he graduated from Heritage High School in 2012. After serving the last year in Afghanistan, he's home for 17 days of family time.

His first stop was Ringgold Primary School. It was the face kindergartner Duke Davenport has waited 12 long months to see again. Dressed proudly in his Marines shirt, he was overwhelmed and in shock that his big brother was finally home. He clung to his chest, not wanting to let go. They've talked on the phone at every chance, but it's just not the same.

Read more at WRCB.

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