Story posted October 26, 2006
Alex Cornell du Houx, a member of the Class of 2006, has returned to Maine safely following a seven-month deployment to Fallujah, Iraq, as a member of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion 25th Marines.
Cornell du Houx, who was called up by the Marines last December during his senior year at Bowdoin, arrived back in Topsham shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday morning aboard a bus filled with other members of his unit. They were greeted by Maine Governor John Baldacci, the news media, and a throng of flag-waving family members and friends, many of whom had been standing in a brisk north wind for more than two hours.
A native of Solon, Maine, and a president of the Bowdoin College Democrats, Cornell du Houx was welcomed home by his mother and by Bowdoin classmates. He shook hands with the Governor, posed for photographs, and even provided his autograph for a group of schoolchildren pressing note pads and posters in his direction.
Alpha Company arrived in Iraq last March after three months of training in Massachusetts and California. According to an article in the October 25, 2006, edition of the Times Record, the unit "...conducted operations in and around the city (Fallujah) ranging from humanitarian relief to uncovering weapons caches and thwarting the insurgency."
Following his arrival in Topsham, Cornell du Houx made his way back to the Bowdoin campus. He plans to resume classes at the College the week of November 6.