Martha’s Vineyard welcomes home soldiers Randy Dull and Whit Hyde

Specialist Whit Hyde (left), and Staff Sergeant Randy Dull arrived home on March 28 following a tour in Afghanistan. Whit's mother, Elisabeth Benders-Hyde, is behind him at left. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Army Staff Sergeant Randy Dull of Edgartown and Army Specialist Whit Hyde of West Tisbury stepped off a ferry at 7 pm, Wednesday evening in Vineyard Haven to a rousing welcome home celebration fresh from tours of duty in Afghanistan.

An eager crowd of family members, friends, veterans, and first responders greeted them with cheers, applause, and flashing blue lights, honking horns and a few siren blasts.

The men were stationed in Afghanistan’s Ghazni Province. Staff Sergeant Dull, an Army National Guard reservist, served as a Provincial Reconstruction Team squad leader. Specialist Hyde served as an infantry member assigned to the Provincial Reconstruction Team Ghazni, Task Force White Eagle.

Mr. Dull, class of 2000, and Mr. Hyde, class of 2006, are graduates of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.

Staff Sergeant Dull is the son of Steve and Mary Jane Laverty of Provo, Utah. His family members on-Island include his sister Janette Andrews and his aunt Lela Gilkes and uncle Cooper Gilkes, all of Edgartown.

Specialist Hyde is the son of Elisabeth Benders-Hyde of Marshfield and Robin Hyde of West Tisbury. His mom was there to greet him on his arrival at the Braintree Armory and brought him home to Martha’s Vineyard.