Captain Mitchell Marzo Of Centennial, Colo. Was Among The Last Troops To Leave Iraq

12/19/2011 04:53 pm ET

Among the last soldiers coming home from Iraq will be Army Physician Captain Mitchell Marzo of Centennial, Colo.

The last convoy pulled out of the almost nine-year-old war on Sunday after driving across the Kuwait border and boarding one-way flights back to the U.S.

Capt. Marzo is due to arrive in the Denver International Airport today, and his family is just happy he'll be home for Christmas.

The captain's wife, Katie Marzo told CBS4:

(My daughter) wrote a Christmas list and her first thing she wanted was her dad and I didn't want her to write that because I thought 'Oh no, this is going to be the worst Christmas ever when Santa fails so bad.' But he’s going to make it.

While he was stationed in Hawaii three years ago, Capt. Marzo and his wife Katie Marzo made it onto the front page of the Hawaii Army Weekly for successfully saving an unresponsive woman's life by alternating CPR on her when he was off-duty.

Today Katie Marzo and her two young daughters have their "Welcome home daddy" banner ready. The family will spend Christmas in Denver before Capt. Marzo finishes his army assignment in Alaska.

Capt. Marzo has been stationed in Iraq since August, according to a report by KDVR, and was due to stay until March 2012 before President Obama made his October announcement that the troops were to come home by the end of the year.


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