Rock Star Welcome for Local Marine

By Alison Burdo
|  Sunday, Jun 1, 2014  |  Updated 12:35 AM EDT
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Rock Star Welcome for Local Marine

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A local marine was greeted by a crowd of cheering supporters Saturday as he returned home after spending 17 months overseas.

Dozens of people waved American flags and voiced their thanks for Sgt. Eddie Croce's military service as he arrived at the Philadelphia International Airport.

The warm welcome surprised Croce, who shook hands with those who participated in the rally as his 7-year-old son Evan stood by his side.

The marine graduated from Upper Darby High School in 2005 and enlisted in the marines the following year, according to the Warrors' Watch Riders of Southeastern Pennsylvania -- which organized the event.

Croce served two tours in Iraq between 2008 and 2009 and another tour in Afghanistan in 2011. HIs most recent stint overseas was spent in Okinowa, Japan.

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