After 7 months at sea, a local Marine finally returned home to Naperville.
Operation Welcome You Home helped family and friends celebrate Corporal Blake Dudek’s return, as they surprised him outside of Saints Peter and Paul church.
“I wasn’t expecting this at all. I was just expecting to come home, eat some food and hang out with the family. Then I walk outside and there is a big crowd of people. It was just pretty amazing,” said Cpl. Dudek.
The 2008 Neuqua Valley graduate is the recipient of two Certificates of Commendation, the Meritorious Mast award, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal.
The Marine got some much needed quality time with his fiancé Nicole and son Ethan, who was born while Dudek was deployed.
Along with his time spent at sea, he also took part in survival training in Cambodia and Malaysia.
After his short visit, Corporal Dudek will travel to San Diego, where he will be stationed for the next few months.
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