WESTMINSTER — Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Cecil F. Artrip brought his wife, Teresa, home for Mother's Day.
The couple arrived at Teresa Artrip's family home Friday afternoon for a weekend visit with her mother, Ruth Wachter.
Cecil Artrip just returned home himself March 28 after spending more than seven months aboard the USS San Jacinto, one of three guidedmissile cruisers that formed a battle group in the Red Sea during Operation Desert Storm.
"Our primary mission was to provide anti-aircraft warfare support and to shoot down any incoming enemy aircraft or missiles," said Artrip, 29.
"Our secondary mission was strike warfare with the tomahawk missiles. Our ship launched the first missiles into Iraq," he added.
The San Jacinto is homeported in Norfolk, Va., where the couple lives with their daughter, Allison Mae, 2.
The Navy officer met his wife while attending Shenandoah College in Virginia. They have been married seven years.
PILOT RETURNS HOME
FINKSBURG -- Army Capt. Wayne L. Baker returned homeApril 20 after spending about seven months in the Persian Gulf as a pilot with the 82nd Airborne.
"They took him because of his experience as a pilot," said his mother, Iona Baker. "He was in Honduras and Panama. They didn't take too many from Fort Eustis, but they took him."
Baker, 37, has been in the Army for 10 years and is stationedat Fort Eustis, Va. Iona Baker said her son didn't say very much about his mission in the Persian Gulf.
During his weekend visit, IonaBaker and her husband, Harvey, had a dinner for their son. The elderBakers' other two children, Kurt, and Sherry Sell of Jefferson, Pa.,also came home for the event.
"Wayne lost some weight, but he's gaining it back," Iona Baker said. "I fixed his favorite, rhubarb pie,and he ate most of that himself."
The Army captain brought with him his wife, Donna, and their three children: Wade, Timothy and Stacy. The family lives in Williamsburg, Iona Baker said.
Baker is a 1971 graduate of Westminster High School. He has a bachelor's degree inbusiness administration from Towson State University.
WELCOMING HIM HOME
DATELINE: NEW WINDSOR
NEW WINDSOR -- An average of one party a week has welcomed Spec. Joe H. Carter III home since he returned from the Persian Gulf two weeks ago.
Friends and family gathered at Union Memorial Baptist Church when he first returned May 5, and family members celebrated his 23rd birthday at home Saturday.
Carter, amember of the U.S. Army transportation division, monitored and repaired parts of diesel trucks while stationed in the Middle East.
He was deployed to Saudi Arabia in September and spent most of his time in Dharan.
A 1986 graduate of Westminster High School, Carter is the brother of Janet and Lucretia Carter. He is the son of Joe H. Carter Jr. of Baltimore and the Rev. Mary Carter-Cross and Joseph Cross of New Windsor.
WAR IN THE GULF