Marine safely home from Operation Enduring Freedom

Ann Cousineau

Within hours of being published by the Daily News of Jacksonville, N.C., on Thursday, a copy of Cpl. Harley Inscore’s picture with his baby son was hand-delivered for publication in the News Review.

Brenda Dawson, mother of Harley’s wife Heather, was quick to share the good news about her son-in-law’s return from Afghanistan.

Harley is the son of Karen and Larry Mendoza of Ridgecrest.

Heather had dressed little Harley in uniform, complete with his own “Inscore” name tag, to greet his dad. It was the first time the Marine had seen Harley Inscore II since he was three days old.

The proud dad had been allowed to come home to see the baby born in Ridgecrest.

Cpl. Inscore was among more than 175 Marines and sailors who returned to Camp Lejeune last week from supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. They are the final members of Regimental Combat Team 6 to return home.

“Few details were released about the deployed unit’s mission in Afghanistan, but families said the important thing was that everyone made it home OK,” wrote Amanda Wilcox, a Daily News staff writer reporting on the Camp Lejuene homecoming.

Story First Published: 2012-11-07