WIFE WANTS SAILOR HOME IN TIME FOR BIRTH.
SANTA CLARITA - Scott Talley is a Navy man through and through. His grandfather and uncle served in the Navy. He collects Navy action figures. A history buff, he reads books recounting famous battles.
Yet serving his country right now has to be a bittersweet experience for the 25-year-old petty officer. His wife, Christina, is pregnant with their first child. She just heard the baby's heartbeat for the first time and can only convey the thrill to her husband in letters and the occasional phone call. The baby is due in October.
``He's just really hoping he comes home before that day,'' Christina Talley said.
Scott Talley grew up in the Santa Clarita Valley and graduated from Hart High School. He saw Christina's picture in a yearbook and asked a friend to introduce them. The matchmaking worked and they married in 2001.
Christina Talley is proud of her husband. He joined the Navy at 21 and sought a job as a corpsman in the military's medical unit. Now, he is traveling with the 1st Marine Division in southern Iraq, where some of the fiercest fighting has taken place.
``He wanted to be there,'' she said. ``There are mothers out there who are probably wondering who is going to take care of their sons. He wanted to be there when people need him the most.''