BIG RETURN HOME FOR LITTLE SILVER MARINE

dilger2dilger-1-103011After six months of intense fighting in Afghanistan, Lance Corporal Brian Dilger of the U.S. Marines was welcomed home on leave in Little Silver Sunday.

The 22-year-old Red Bank Catholic grad was treated to an impromptu fire-and-first aider’s parade through town led by the Warriors Watch Riders, who drove up from Camden County for the occasion.

“I’m pretty embarrassed, but it’s definitely awesome to be back,” Dilger told redbankgreen, seen above right with his sister, Grace. (Click to enlarge)

IN ANTICIPATION OF A MARINE’S RETURN

digler-101111The neighborhood around the Rumson Place, Little Silver home of Lance Corporal Brian Dilger of the U.S. Marines is suddenly abloom in yellow ribbons. Dilger’s mom, Janine Talbot, tells redbankgreen that the 22-year-old Red Bank Catholic graduate – who’s with the 2nd Marine Division’s Combat Engineering Battalion out of Camp Lejuene, North Carolina – is expected home shortly before Thanksgiving for some R&R after a six-month’s deployment in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, where he’s been involved in heavy combat. (Click to enlarge)

RUMSON: SCENES FROM A WELCOME HOME

sean-randy-2neighborsTwenty-two-year-old Sean MacDonald, a lance corporal in the U.S. Marines, returned home on leave after a seven-month tour in Afghanistan to a bustling welcome on Blackpoint Horseshoe Street in Rumson Friday night. A parade of firetrucks and ambulances from Fair Haven and Rumson escorted him the last few miles of his journey into the arms of his father, Randy, above, and a swarm of relatives and friends who had lined the darkening block in anticipation. (Click to enlarge)

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