Merrill Newman Returns Home to California

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Merrill Newman, the U.S. veteran who was detained in North Korea for a few weeks, has returned home safely to his wife in California. The 85-year-old smiled for photographers and spoke of turning down a ride on Air Force Two, courtesy of Vice President Joe Biden, in order to get home to his wife in a more timely manner.

Held for war crimes he supposedly committed during the Korean War between 1950 and 1953, Newman had to read a confession that clearly wasn't his own creation in order to help facilitate his release. In it he purportedly apologized for killing North Koreans during the war.

"I'm delighted to be home," Merrill Newman said upon his arrival in San Francisco. "It's been a great homecoming. I'm tired, but ready to be with my family."

Newman's release and subsequent arrival back on U.S. soil was the subject of a wealth of tweets

Merrill Newman thanked several groups instrumental in his release from North Korea, including the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang, North Korea and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China.

While it's absolutely appalling that North Korea would detain an 85-year-old man with health issues, it is certainly good news that Merrill Newman is safely home on U.S. soil. The U.S. veteran will likely be the subject of many interviews in the coming days, following what will probably be some pretty serious debriefing by the U.S. Government.

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Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.