It didn’t take long for the soldiers to start returning home. Men who had spent months and years in battle – living in foxholes, jumping out of airplanes – now simply wanted to come home. Chuck Paty sailed into Boston Harbor, unable to believe that after serving on the Battleship North Carolina the entire duration of the war, that it was actually over. Virginia Russell arrived to a Jacksonville bus station full of relatives. Tom Alley was so anxious to get home that he thumbed from Fort Bragg to Charlotte – catching 13 rides – so that he could see his family in what would be an emotional homecoming. The World War II soldiers were heroes to a grateful nation. Alda Womack even named her newborn son after a soldier who died in her brother’s arms.