Freed US Vet Arrives Home From North Korea

Merrill Newman joins wife, son in San Francisco

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Dec 7, 2013 4:19 PM CST

(Newser) – A tired but smiling 85-year-old US veteran detained in North Korea for several weeks returned home today to applause from supporters, yellow ribbons tied to pillars outside his home, and the warm embrace of his family. Merrill Newman arrived at the San Francisco airport after turning down a ride with Joe Biden. He emerged into the international terminal smiling, accompanied by his son and holding the hand of his wife amid applause from supporters. "I'm delighted to be home," he said. "It's been a great homecoming. I'm tired, but ready to be with my family."

Merrill Newman, center, walks beside his wife Lee after arriving at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.
Merrill Newman, center, walks beside his wife Lee after arriving at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Lee Newman, right, smiles at her husband Merrill Newman at San Francisco International Airport, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.
Lee Newman, right, smiles at her husband Merrill Newman at San Francisco International Airport, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Merrill Newman, center, walks beside his wife Lee and his son Jeffrey, left, as they leave San Francisco International Airport, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.
Merrill Newman, center, walks beside his wife Lee and his son Jeffrey, left, as they leave San Francisco International Airport, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Merrill Newman speaks beside his wife Lee after his arrival.
Merrill Newman speaks beside his wife Lee after his arrival.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Merrill Newman, center, walks beside his wife Lee, left, and his son Jeffrey.
Merrill Newman, center, walks beside his wife Lee, left, and his son Jeffrey.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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