NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO. (KTVI) – A young St. Louis soldier came home from South Korea to marry his high school love. This, as North Korea continues to threaten its southern neighbor, and the US.
This is 20 year-old Jake Eye’s first time coming home since he left for South Korea in September. Right before he left, he proposed to his longtime girlfriend, and now, he’s coming home to commit to her forever.
For newly engaged Dawn Bowdish, bidding her future husband farewell was one of the toughest things she’s had to do.
She says, “It was hard. It was really hard, you know? I can only support him, and that’s what I’ve chosen to do.”
Now, seven months later, she and family members waited at Lambert Airport to surprise him with a big welcome home. As soon as she spotted Jake, a tear-filled Dawn ran right into his arms.
The two are set to wed on Saturday, and planning this wedding was far from typical. Dawn explains, “Just being here without him, planning a wedding, it was hard. But luckily we have technology, we have Skype, we have our phones, we’ve made it this far, and are getting married in three days, so it’s exciting.”
The soon-to-be bride and groom video chatted nearly every day, and Jake was able to weigh in on wedding plans. “I was able to get his input and his opinion on things, and he was involved as much as he could be, for sure,” says Dawn.
Meanwhile, the Army private has endured a tumultuous situation in South Korea. Jake says, “Our role is just to keep security right now, that’s about all I can say.”
He will be home for 20 days, and plans to leave South Korea for good in September.
Now, the high school sweethearts will have something else to Skype about: starting a life together.
Dawn says, “It’ll be the anticipation of finding a place of our own, and moving all our stuff out of our parents’ house, and establishing us.”
Jake and Dawn will be married this Saturday at Bethany Baptist Church in Overland, where Jake’s grandfather is the pastor.
Jake says his father was also in the army, and serving has been his lifelong dream.