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By Elizabeth Matthews

St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - The winter storm is stranding dozens of soldiers at Lambert St. Louis Airport who are trying to get home for the holidays. Early Thursday morning about 4,000 soldiers came through Lambert and Thursday night another 200 Marines walked through the airport doors.

For some the weather has not been a friend. People trying to get to places like Chicago, Kansas City or Detroit have been stranded, leaving about 50 soldiers to find comforts at the airport.

The USO office is filling up, with those desperate to get home for the holidays.

These two soldiers both stationed near Atlanta, Georgia were originally flying straight from Atlanta to Kansas City.

Private First Class Zachary Meyer and PV2 Samuel Williams were there! Their plane had made it to K.C., until the pilot got on the horn and said, nope, we are turning around.

"Due to wind and snowy conditions so it was pretty much a round trip, pointless round trip," says Meyer.

They made it back to Atlanta, to meet what some might call their holiday angel.

"We ran across a really nice lady at Terminal B, and she got us both the tickets, she hooked us up, she hooked it up," says Meyer.

Now they sit and wait here at Lambert, along with soldier Rosie Astorga.

"I've wandered around everywhere, sat around everywhere, tried to keep busy," says Astorga.

Well there's television, surfing the web, sleeping, eating lots of eating, but the activity of choice...

"Texting," admits Astorga.

She has a flight out of St. Louis Friday morning while our other two soldiers are heading home, just a little later, but in the process making new friends.

I am told that there are still another 900 soldiers that will be coming through Lambert in the next day and a half.



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