FINKSBURG — Army Pvt. Philip Schubert, at 18, already has seen his first war, but that hasn't stopped him from being just a kid.
"One of the firstthings I did when I got home was go outside and roll in the grass with my brothers and climb a tree," he said.
Schubert also turned the tables on his mother, whom he called from Saudi Arabia at 3 a.m. to wish a Happy Mother's Day before flying home that same day to Fort Riley, Kan.
"He called and said he was coming home the 20th and not to tell anybody," said Debbie Elkins, hismother, of Finksburg. "Then I went to work Saturday and about 4:30 Ilooked up and there he was."
Schubert said he called a cousin to pick him up from BWI Airport Saturday so he could surprise his mother.
The communications specialist with the 1st Armored Division wentto Saudi Arabia Feb. 1 and stayed until mid-May.
"What I did was maintain communications between all the companies around us," he explained. "When there was a problem, I jumped in and fixed it."
He joined the Army at 17 last July after graduating from Westminster High School. The day he graduated from boot camp was the day Iraq invaded Kuwait, his mother noted.
"I really felt bad because I signed for him to go in the Army and when that happened, I knew he'd go over there," Elkins said.
Philip is Elkins' oldest son. She also has Steve, 16, and Craig, 13, at home.
The young private's return home is being celebrated today at a party put on by his grandparents, Margaretand Bud Harris of Houcksville.
Schubert is the son of Charles Schubert of Westminster and the step-son of Terry Elkins.
He returns to Fort Riley June 9.
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Returns home for Modther's Day
HOME FOR DAD'S BIRTHDAY
WESTMINSTER -- Thursday was doubly special for the Zepp family.
Notonly was Milton Zepp celebrating his 52nd birthday, but his son -- Lance Cpl. Milton R. "Randy" Zepp -- was returning home from serving in the Persian Gulf.
The younger Zepp -- who was sent to Saudi Arabia from being stationed in Okinawa, Japan, on Jan. 12 -- was met at Baltimore-Washington International Airport by his father, Milton and mother, Doris Zepp of here in a stretch limousine.
While being stationed in the gulf, Zepp saw action in the invasion of Kuwait with the2nd Marine Division, 10th Marine Regiment Field Artillery.
The 1987 graduate of Westminster High was also greeted by his sister Bonnie-- a member of the National Guard -- upon returning home.