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Oklahoma National Guard troops' homecoming is twice as nice for Purcell mother

Hundreds of friends and family members gathered at the Oklahoma Air National Guard base at Will Rogers World Airport to welcome home 224 members of the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. They are part of a group of about 2,200 Oklahoma soldiers who have been deployed to Afghanistan for about a year.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Published: March 13, 2012

That didn't prevent sibling rivalry.

Their father, John Farrow, said he always has refereed disagreements between his boys.

“There were still brotherly arguments at times,” John Farrow said. “They would call me, and I would say, ‘Guys, what do you want me to do from here?'”

‘Our hearts are broken'

The welcome-home ceremony was a joyous time for nearly all those attending. But one family didn't get to see a loved one walk through the base's hangar doors.

Sgt. Mycal Prince, 28, of Minco, was one of 14 Oklahoma National Guard soldiers who died during the deployment.

His wife, Surana, was at Monday's ceremony, along with several other members of his family. She couldn't hold back tears as her husband's friends marched into the hangar while a band played.

Surana Prince got a standing ovation from the rest of those attending when she was introduced, and Gov. Mary Fallin addressed her, as well.

“Your sacrifice will never be forgotten,” Fallin said. “Our hearts are broken for you.”


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