POMEROY — There are many happy homecomings when local soldiers return from overseas but for one little family from Meigs County last week’s arrival of a unit stationed in Afghanistan for the past six months was especially nice.
On June 10 the gymnasium at Joint Base Lewis-McChord buzzed with excitement as the soldiers filed in. For all of them returning home was a very special time, but it was extra special for Sgt. Stefan Stamper. There stood his wife, Carrie, holding their 12-week-old twins, Ellah and Evelyn, not before seen by their father. Stefan missed the birth of his daughters.
It seems that the couple had tried for several years to have children without success so they found a surrogate to bring their daughters into the world.
The twins surprised everyone by coming seven weeks early, and their father missed the emergency C-section and the three weeks his daughters spent in the intensive care unit.
A news release from the military on the celebration of the return home of the deployed soldiers tells the story of Sgt. Stamper’s reaction when he spotted his family.
“He walked up to his wife holding their two baby girls, and embraced them all. He was totally speechless.”
Both parents grew up in Meigs County and graduated from Meigs High School. Stefan is the son of Jeff Stamper of Lenoir City, Tenn. and Sara Eades of Rutland, and Carrie is the daughter of Denise Weekley of Middleport and the late Mark Michael.
Carrie and Michael have been married for 7 ½ years and he has been in the army for 7 years. He attended basic training and AIT in Fort Knox, Ky. They were stationed in South Korea for one year, Fort Stewart in Georgia for a time, and are currently stationed at JBLM in Washington State. He was deployed to Iraq from December 2009 to December 2010, and Afghanistan from November 2012 to June 2013. He is a MGS Commander/armorman.