Homecoming party held for local soldier

Clermont County celebrated the return of Army Specialist and local hero Scott Compton with a surprise homecoming ceremony Nov. 26.

Arriving at what he had been led to believe was a surprise party for his grandmother on the Clermont County fairgrounds Nov. 26, an astonished Compton entered the multi-purpose building decorated in his honor to a standing ovation and thunderous applause.

The surprise homecoming party for Army E-4 specialist Scott Compton, who returned home to Owensville from Iraq the day after Thanksgiving, was a way for his family, his friends, and the whole Clermont community to welcome him home from the war-ravaged country and to thank him personally for the sacrifices that he has made over the past 15 months

“It feels amazing to be home,” he said. “It doesn’t get any better than this.”

Specialist Compton, 21, a sniper in the Army infantry that was deployed to Iraq from Fort Lewis, Wash., 15 months ago, was stationed in Mosul for six months before being moved to Baghdad (he was away from home for three years total). Compton, affectionately called Scotty by his family and friends, was on the front lines and witnessed much conflict and combat.