Photos and Ride repoort by Dan O’Kane: https://picasaweb.google.com/mariahyland1/DanCullenUSN852012?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCOWuj8GU2q7kQA&feat=directlink
A HERO’S WELCOME for Petty Officer Dan Cullen , USN.
After the briefing by Boozer at FB-69, A HERO’S WELCOME with Maria and the crew headed for Philadelphia Airport terminal E with about 40 bikes to meet our returning Hero, Dan Cullen , USN .
With his mom and dad at his side Dan received the HERO’S WELCOME CERTIFICATE from Maria and the thanks of a grateful nation. With his escort ready, Dan and his family headed for The Garden State and The Yellow Ribbon Club.
Welcome Home and Thank You for your service Dan. God Bless Our Troops and All The Ships at Sea .
Submitted by Danny O’Kane , AHW
August 5 , 2012
From Dan’s Mom:
ABE3 Dan Cullen of the US Navy is coming home on Sunday, 8/5/12 into PHL airport after a nine month deployment in the Persian Gulf aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln CVN-72. He became a 3rd class Petty Officer while deployed. I just want to do something special for him to show our appreciation.
Unfortunately my freinds, family, etc., think I am going overboard and that my son is not a hero or hasn’t been shot. Thank God!! I dont think anyone understands whats it like to float in a hornet’s nest for ten months on the other side of the world or to work 16 hours a day on a dangerous flight deck in 113 degree heat to protect the people at home that dont think he is worthy!
Shall we show them the type of Welcome Home ALL our troops deserve.
Dan has wanted to be in Navy since he was five. His Granpop was in the Navy, his late Uncle Jerry and his Greatpop was in the Navy and the Army, hahahaha! They did things a little different back then. He loves fast cars and has a Dodge SRT4 that is his baby. He has saved his money from this deployment to buy a 2005 Sportster 1200 from our friend Tony and is taking the motorcycle test on leave.
This Welcome Home is 100% a surprise for Dan! In fact when his Mom asked the boy if she could stand there with a welcome home Danny sign and he said no. This is gonna be great!
FireBase 69 82nd and Bartram Ave. Phila, PA
Rally Time: 1530
KSU: 1600 ( Depart for Arrival terminal )
Destination is Bordentown, NJ