A U.S. Marine deployed to Haiti had a tearful reunion Tuesday with the mother
he hadn't seen since leaving the country 11 years ago, The (New York) Daily
News reported Wednesday.
Cpl. Harry Milbin is one of 400 Marines sent to stabilize Haiti and was
guarding Toussaint L'Ouverture Airport when a woman carrying a picture of him
talked her way into the airport, the report said.
And when she saw her son standing on the runway, she couldn't speak, and
tears poured from her eyes.
"Don't cry, don't cry," Milbin, 28, reportedly said in Creole, touching her
face and her hair. "I'm here, nothing is going to happen to you."
"I can't believe you are here," said his mother, Josette Dinis.
Dozens of smiling Marines in full combat gear stopped to watch the pair.
The last time Dinis, 54, saw her son was when she took him to the same
airport in 1993 and said goodbye, the Daily News reports. She sent him to live
with his father in Brooklyn, because she couldn't afford to raise him.
Finances have kept the two apart. Dinis couldn't get to America, not even for
Milbin's wedding. And she's missed the birth of her three grandchildren.
Milbin couldn't afford the trip to Haiti.
"I never had enough money to try to come here," said Milbin, who is scheduled
to go to Iraq in September. "But I had been saving and was planning to come
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