Spc. Danny McGowan talks to family and friends shortly after arriving at Riverside Park in Evans for his surprise homecoming and birthday party on Saturday. McGowan, who turned 40 on Sept. 21, was injured June 26 in Afghanistan when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. McGowan served in the Swainsboro-based 810th Engineer Company of the Georgia Army National Guard. At right, Nickie Hall (left) and Linda Sutton, both of Cleveland, Ga., prepare for McGowan's surprise party
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