Welcome home, Buck

Buck Watford

Buck Watford is flanked by his wife Pam and son Chase.

Tim Croft
Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 08:58 AM.

Buck Watford was aware a large assembly was taking place inside the R. Marion Craig Coliseum at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School.

He just wasn’t aware the gathering was to honor him.

Watford was welcomed home from yet another overseas deployment last week during an emotional 45-minute ceremony.

Watford, now a Major with the U.S. Army Reserves, arrived home last week after roughly a year in Afghanistan. Watford has spent just shy of four full years in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan since the events of 9/11 more than 11 years ago.

“He went to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan and he did that for us,” said Kesley Colbert to the assembled students, who spent nearly as much time standing and applauding during the welcome home as sitting.

“I don’t think we understand the honor today that we owe Buck Watford. He has sacrificed for you, for your children, for your grandchildren. We can’t thank him enough.”

But the students and staff at the high school sure did try.

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