Dozens gathered to welcome home U.S. Army Lt. Colonel David Carpenter Jr.
Operation Welcome You Home volunteers gathered to form a motorcade to surprise the soldier at his home and bring him to a party in his honor.
Lt. Colonel Carpenter was honored with gifts and awards from people all over Naperville.
Carpenter is a graduate of Waubonsie Valley High School and attended North Central College before graduating from Southern Illinois University’s ROTC program.
He is a surgeon and has been in the Army for almost two decades.
Operation Welcome You Home is a not for profit that provides respectful, thoughtful, uplifting and joyous homecomings for all returning warriors and their families.
Carpenter is currently stationed in Hawaii where he lives with his wife and daughter.
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