Sunday, January 04, 2004


South Carolina Guardsmen heading to have over half of all SC Guard Guys.
A National Guard battalion assigned to Iraq received a rousing farewell Saturday, and a community vowed to watch over their families while they are away.

A flag-waving crowd gathered outside the county courthouse to send off more than 300 guardsmen from the 3rd Battalion, 178th Field Artillery.

"If this is a farewell, I can't wait for the homecoming," the battalion's Capt. David Brooks told cheering onlookers in downtown Lancaster...

The deployment of the Lancaster-based unit means 2,400 South Carolinians, 60 percent of the S.C. National Guard, have gone to Iraq since March, said Maj. Gen. Stan Spears, adjutant general of South Carolina.

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