Valley Marine lands in Fresno in time for Christmas

December 21, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A holiday homecoming, just in time for Christmas. Family and friends welcomed Corporal Christopher Johnson back to the Valley on Friday night.

The 20-year-old Lemoore High School Graduate enlisted right after high school and has been serving in undisclosed locations overseas. His welcome home party included his four-month-old baby, Trevor, who he met for the first time. Trevor was born while he was overseas. Johnson was forced to depend on technology for a glimpse of his son.

"I've been Skyping, they've send me pictures everyday like ten I'm living off of that for four months, but this is a great feeling right now."

He also said that the hardest part about being away was missing such an important moment in his life.

His wife, Maryann, tells Action News, the baby has his father's "ears" and that she's been nervous for the past few months, anxiously waiting to see her husband. She also joked that it's "his turn" to take care of the baby.

"Help with the baby, and just take care of him, see what it's like, he thinks its easy, it's not".

Christopher's mother, Sanja Wilson, says she's struggled from the day her son enlisted and left for basic training.

"I cry a lot to my husband and I don't let anyone else see me cry."

She also says she's looking forward to watching her son be a dad, especially at Christmas.

"We haven't decorated the house yet because he asked me if we could do it as a family this weekend so I brought out everything and tomorrow we'll decorate the tree in the house."

Johnson simply said, "I'm the luckiest man in the world."

He'll be home for the next few weeks and is looking forward to spending time with family and enjoying "Me and Ed's pizza" before heading back to Camp Lejeune.


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