Before going into surgery Shirrice Nonleucha told her mother, "The only thing I want when I wake up is to see my brother." She got her wish when her brother William, who has been stationed in Okinawa for the past 2 years, came home a month early.

William, who is a Utica native and RFA grad, wasn't scheduled to return home until next month. He returned Monday to surprise his family.

Mom, LuAnne Bouton, a Rome native who now lives in Syracuse, was the first to be surprised in the hospital parking lot in Binghamton. After hugs and a few tears, mom and son walked into Shirrice's hospital room for another surprise.

"I missed you," Shirrice told her brother through her tears. "I missed you too," he replied.

William will have plenty of time to catch up with his family. He's home for 28 days before returning to duty.

Welcome home Marine and thank you for your service!

LuAnne Bouton

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