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Chicagoans give returning Marines warm welcome

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Thirteen Marines on their way home from Afghanistan got a warm and unexpected welcome at Chicago's O'Hare Airport.

Over four days into their journey to San Diego, the Marines were met at O'Hare with a crowd of cheering police officers, a fire truck water salute, and first-class plane tickets. Capt. Pravin Rajan said the welcome was "incredibly touching."

Six of the Marines were given first-class tickets by American Airlines, but seven other first-class passengers were quick to offer their seats to the remaining Marines.

While the USO said they like to organize this sort of welcome whenever military personnel fly through O'Hare, this particular reception was organized at the last minute.

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