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120 soldiers go home to shouts of joy

12-month tour in Afghanistan ends

BRAINTREE - Three busloads of soldiers from the Massachusetts National Guard were greeted with roars of joy and hugs of relief Monday when they returned to the armory here, marking an end to their 12-month deployment to Afghanistan.

“He’s my son and he’s my hero,’’ Paul Lopez said as he rested his hand on the shoulder of Lieutenant Michael Lopez, who commanded the first platoon of C Company of the 182d Infantry Regiment during the deployment.

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