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Wounded Marine returns to Ronan to hero's welcome

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- A Marine from Ronan wounded in Afghanistan has returned home to a hero's welcome.

The crowd gathered at Missoula International Airport Wednesday cheered and cried "Thank you!" as Lance Cpl. Thomas Parker arrived in the lobby in a wheelchair.

The Missoulian reports Parker lost both legs and four fingers in Afghanistan. He spent seven weeks at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., where he underwent multiple surgeries.

He is now at the Naval Medical Center at San Diego, but has returned home for a week's leave.

After arriving at the airport, Parker was escorted up U.S. Highway 93 in a caravan that included a dozen fire departments from Missoula to Polson.

Parker says he was overwhelmed by the greeting.