AFTER NINE MONTHS OF BEING AT SEA DURING OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, TWO DIE HARD LOUISVILLE CARDS FANS ARE BEING HONORED TONIGHT AT THE LOUISVILLE GAME AGAINST FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL. IT’S AN HONOR THE TWO NAVY SAILORS SAY THEY COULDN’T HAVE IMAGINED. WLKY’S ANN BOWDAN SPOKE WITH THEM AND HAS MORE..ANN. STEVE, MICHAEL GALVAN AND AUSTIN WILL.. TAKE SERVING THEIR COUNTRY VERY SERIOUSLY. THEY WEAR THEIR NAVY UNIFORM “BLUES” PROUDLY. BUT WHAT THEY LET EVERYONE KNOW..UNDER THE NAVY BLUES…THEY’RE ALL RED..AND GLAD TO BE BACK IN CARDINAL NATION. “There’s nothing like home. When you’re out there and gone for so long, you miss things like traffic, or just little things like that, main things..your family.” AND FOR MICHEAL GALVAN AND HIS SHIPMATE OF 2 YEARS..AUSTIN WILL..THEY’VE MISSED THEIR CARDS. “Uhm..it was awful. It was really bad. I watch every game. I’m just crazy about it so it’s just like I’d text mom and ask for scores and stats and they tell are the scores.” THE MEN JUST RETURNED FROM SEA ON THE U-S-S GEORGE W. BUSH.. SUPER- CARRIER. DURING THEIR MISSION, THEIR FLEET WAS INVOLVED IN ATTACKS AGAINST ISIS. NOW THAT THEY’RE HOME..AND ALL THEY WANTED FOR CHRISTMAs – TO SEE THE CARDS PLAY. MICHAEL ACTUALLY CONVERTED AUSTIN FROM A MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHER..TO A CARDS FAN. “It’s the compassion, the history, just everything about the cards that I love.” AND THE CARDS CRAZE SPREAD TO A FEW OTHER SHIPMATES AS WELL.. THERE’S EVEN A PIECE OF THE CARDS IN THE PERSIAN GULF. “We were in Orman and my mom sent me a U of L football and my buddy and me we’re throwing it around the sandbox, and my buddy over threw it, it hit the ground, and bounced into the ocean. So they’re international now.” MICHAEL’S MOM WORKED TO GET HIS CHRISTMAS WISH… AN HONOR FROM U OF L AT HALFTIME AT CENTER COURT. THE MEN GET TO MEET THE TEAM AND BE RECOGNIZED ON THE BIG SCREEN. “I’ll probably be crying. I just wanted to see smiles on their faces. I wanted to see them very happy from what they’ve been through cause they’ve been on a ship for nine months. They’re catching up with life right now.” “It’s real surreal. We did our job, in the Navy and served the United States of America. And coming back to get that gratitude and appreciation..means a lot.” AUSTIN SAYS MICHAEL GETS SO INTENSE WATCHING THE CARDS..HE HAS TO CALM HIM DOWN..AND NO ONE CAN SPEAK TO HIM DURING A GAME. BUT NOW..I THINK THEY’LL HAVE PLENTY TO TALK ABOUT AFTER THEIR WELL DESERVED RECONITION TONIGHT. ANN BOWDAN, WLKY NEWS.