Welcome home, Buck

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

There were plenty of opportunities to stand and applaud, there were speakers and the television production class produced a moving video – scored by the song “American Soldier” – including students shouting a welcome back and photos of Watford and his family.

Colbert first met Watford when the latter was an up-and-coming baseball coach at Carrabelle High School. Within a year or so, Watford would be coaching at Port St. Joe High School.

Colbert recalled a young man who knew baseball and, more importantly, knew how to relate that knowledge to teenagers, to teach the game and having fun with the game.

“I thought here is a man who can not only coach, but he loves young people,” Colbert said. “What an honor to watch him work with young people.

“But he got a higher calling. He loved America. To give that up, coaching, teaching, leaving his family behind, and stand in that gap for you and I, well, that is pretty special.”

Watford, however, has never been one to see what he was doing as special, only what anybody who joined the military, reserve or active, would do.

“It is just what we do,” Watford said when asked how he was managing the multiple deployments. “When you are in the Reserves when they call you go.

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