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Marine Returns Home to Hero's Welcome in Portland

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    Afghani boys look through the rifle scope of a U.S. Marine during a visit to the village of Khwaja Jamal to meet with the local population.

    Lance Cpl. Robert Ellam just returned from 7 months of duty with the Marines in Afghanistan. On  Wednesday night, the 21-year-old's hometown of Portland honored him with a certificate of appreciation for his service.

    The Middletown Pressreports that Ellam received the honor that has become a tradition for all service members when they return home to Portland. 

    His name will also be added to the Veterans Memorial behind town hall on Memorial Day.

    Ellam drove a tanker truck loaded with fuel, sometimes tackling trips lasting up to 16 hours. Serving in the military is a family tradition. His father and grandfather both served in the Marines.