Large Crowd Welcomes Huntsville Marine Home

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A large crowd of family members, friends and supporters welcomed Lance Corporal Kendall Bane home this morning.

He arrived at Huntsville International Airport just after 9:15 a.m.  Supporters made posters, waved flags and cheered as he came into the public area. 

Bane, 19, has been going through extensive treatment at Walter Reed Hospital in Maryland, and will continue his recovery through Huntsville Hospital.

Bane says Bethesda, Maryland is the unlikely place he found encouragement from a fellow injured service member.

"When I was in Walter Reed, a guy that had been there for a while walked into my room and he was a quadruple amputee," explained Bane.  "He walked in on his prosthetics he told me he survived an IED blast that took all of his limbs--and I'm sitting there thinking, you know, if this guy can pull through and if the doctors are that good to piece him back together, they're good enough to fix me and I'm strong enough to pull through this."

LCpl. Bane, 19, is a graduate of Westminster Christian Academy. He and his family attend Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Huntsville.

Bane says how girlfriend Jessica Stender of four-year has been one of the many rocks in his life through this ordeal.

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"The pictures that are up on my Facebook page don't do a good enough job telling the story of how much she was there for me--just the little things--doing everything with me or for me."

Bane was seriously injured in a "green-on-blue" attack September 20 near Camp Hansen in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. Bane was shot in both of his legs and several times in his lower abdomen. In the attack, rogue Afghan forces mimicked Allied forces and then opened fire on the Marine command post.

Bane’s unit is the 3rd Battalion 8th Marines India Company, based out of Camp Lejeune, NC. He has been deployed since April.

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