Wounded Marine "at a loss for words" after homecoming

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) – Anthony McDaniel came home on Saturday. And an entire community was there to welcome the wounded Marine back to Jackson County.

Just three months ago, McDaniel was critically wounded while in Afghanistan. Both of his legs and a hand had to be amputated after an IED exploded. The corporal spent three months in rehabilitation. Today, the Gautier High School graduate returned to his hometown.

McDaniel actually got home early. So a planned welcome reception along Highway 57 got scrapped. Instead, friends and loved ones jumped in their cars, and paraded past McDaniel's home. The parade lasted more than 30 minutes. And at times, it became quite emotional, for both the family and for McDaniel's friends.

WLOX News had a chance to talk with Cpl. McDaniel this morning. You'll see excerpts from that interview on WLOX News.

On Monday, Cpl. McDaniel will be the featured guest at Gautier High's annual Veterans Day breakfast. WLOX News reporter Doug Walker will cover that event. Look for his reports beginning Monday morning on Good Morning Mississippi.

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