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Normal Soldier Gets Surprise At CIRA

BLOOMINGTON- Family and friends are getting ready to welcome back a community hero, U.S. Army PFC Willy Fouts, for the first time.
BLOOMINGTON - Family and friends are getting ready to welcome back a community hero, U.S. Army PFC Willy Fouts, for the first time.

"I think he's going to be completely shocked to see everyone here," said Laura Cordero, Fouts’ aunt.

The crowd outside the baggage claim at Central Illinois Regional Airport is growing for Fouts.

"We haven't seen him since a year ago, in August," said Mary Sigler, his grandmother.

Fouts left Germany at 3 a.m. Central Time, and expected to meet just his parents at the airport.

"Once I was in Detroit, my mom wanted me to change into my uniform, so that I could come here for this and it was just sitting and waiting. I couldn't wait to board the plane and the whole flight back I was just anticipating this," said Fouts.

"Still, I want another hug," said Lowell Fouts, his father, "I was able to meet him when he got off the plane; Delta was great."

And the fact that Fouts' first return coincides with Veterans' Day, makes his friends even prouder.

"To see him actually achieving something like this in life, just touched my heart, inspired my kids," said Arlo Guhlstorf, a family friend.

"It's kind of depressing because I know a lot of people can't go home. I got a lot of buddies who are down on the range, and none of them can go home and see their families, so it's cool for me to be able to see mine," said Fouts.

For now, they're embracing every moment together, before Fouts returns to Germany.

"It was amazing. I miss all the people that are here and I'm so glad I get to see them all," said Fouts.

"Spend every minute I can with him, have a great Thanksgiving. Got a lot of good friends and family show up here today. I just wanted to say, Happy Veterans Day, everybody!" said Lowell Fouts.

Fouts' return visit will last three weeks. That includes thanksgiving dinner at his grandmother's house. One of his first priorities is visiting Steak n Shake.
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