By Don Wallace

sports@jacksonvilleprogress.com

Salmon swim upstream to get home, William Greshman traveled halfway around the world to get home and see a football game.

Greshman, a staff sergeant in the Texas National Guard, made the Tomato Bowl one of his first stops back in the United States.

He got home just in time Thursday night to watch his son, Marc Gresham, play on the offensive line in a freshman football game.

“It’s great; it’s been a while since I saw him,” the younger Gresham said after getting a sideline hug from his dad.

The soldier said, “I’ve been away for months. This is the first time I got to see him play. I am glad I made it.”

He joined his daughter, Natasha and wife, Sonja, at the game.

Gresham explained he was on a two-week leave with six months left on his second tour. His first step toward coming back to Texas started 48 hours before as he traveled from Iraq to Kuwait and then on down the line through transports to Texas.

Gresham, a 1981 graduate of Jacksonville High School, had not been in the Tomato Bowl in more than 20 years.

“I’ve been in the military for 23 years,” Gresham said All I can say about the war in Iraq is that progress is being made. I have been to Baghdad and some other places. The morale is high because we know we are helping.”

Gresham added, “Being over there makes you really appreciate the things we have in our country.”

Like visiting with your family at a football game on a perfect autumn evening.

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