It was a tearful reception for a hero's final homecoming. Friends and Family of Private First Class Larry Guyton, 22, of Brenham gathered at a Conroe airport Tuesday to escort their fallen soldier to his final resting place.
The plane carrying the body of the young soldier landed at Hobby Airport in Houston before making the short journey to Conroe Regional Airport. In a somber ceremony, Guyton's flag draped coffin was removed from the aircraft by a military honor guard. The body was then taken back to Brenham in a multi-car procession.
Guyton died May 5, one day after an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Baghdad. But his father believes his son died doing what he wanted to do. "What made him go into the military...I think he just wanted to grow up," said Larry Guyton, Sr. "He wanted to get out and start his own life. I had taught him from a child up. Taught him everything I knew and he just wanted to learn some things on his own and get out on his own and become a young man."
Funeral services for Larry Guyton are pending.