About 300 Marines returned to their North Carolina base this weekend from duty in Iraq's Anbar province and another 900 are expected to follow this week as the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment comes home.
Marines were greeted with cheers, tears and welcome home signs as their buses arrived.
More Marines are to come back Tuesday and Wednesday after months of fighting insurgents with Iraqi forces.
Eight members of the battalion killed and 40 were seriously injured.
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