Lehi airman pulls off 'Operation Surprise' with 4 pleased daughters

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  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    March 10, 2014 10:59 a.m.

    We need more stories like this every day to replace so much of the heartache that is prevalent in our wonderful country. Wonderful!!!

  • dan76 san antonio, TX
    March 7, 2014 12:35 p.m.

    As much as these types of stories are thrilling to read, I caution folks to be aware of the piercing heartache occurring when a family member attends such an event after undergoing a loss due to KIA. I hope no child with such a loss attended these celebrations without support from the school and/or their family.

    My unit always sent a team to the family suffering from such a loss when a public homecoming occurred. These folks needed to know the sacrifice was not forgotten and their member's service was not in vain.

  • dan76 san antonio, TX
    March 7, 2014 12:18 p.m.

    Tech Sgt. Edward Goettig, thanks for your service.

    I never "surprised" my family when returning from deployments...but they were always waiting on the flight line upon my return...even at 0300.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    March 7, 2014 10:22 a.m.

    This was great.
    I know a guy who got a six month extension on his mission and came home a few days earlier than his parents expected. They came down on Christmas morning and found their son sleeping under the tree with a ribbon tied around his waist.

    He was able to pull this off with some help from a friend, his mission president, the stake president and his grand uncle (Spencer W. Kimball).

  • neece Logan, UT
    March 7, 2014 8:56 a.m.

    I just love stories like this! My son is a staff SGT. in the Air Force and has come home safely three times and to see all of his son's reaction is so much fun.I work at a Major University and we have military on campus. I make it a point to shake each and every one of their hands and "Thank" them for their service for us. Don't wait for a special occasion, Thank every military person for YOUR freedom.

  • Bdamajd Centerville, UT
    March 7, 2014 8:23 a.m.

    Every time I see or hear about a soldier coming home early and surprising his/her family, i almost instantly start crying. I think it may be because I know a little bit about the feelings these families have because I was away from my family for 3 months and I will never forget the elation I felt when my 4 year old boy ran and jumped into my arms and we both started crying. Beautiful story! I am so thankful for the men and women who sacrifice so much to serve and preserve our country. They are the true heroes in the world. I wish we would hear on the news about their bravery in life and death, and not spend so much time celebrating the lives of celebrities who died from their illegal and foolish abuse of drugs and alcohol. It is sad where our country's priorities seem to be sometimes.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    March 7, 2014 8:08 a.m.

    To: jamescmeyer - I hope you do too - you deserve that.

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    March 7, 2014 6:37 a.m.

    I love hearing about this sort of thing! I hope I'm blessed with a family of some kind by the time I deploy so I can pull something like this.

  • Gemini Australia, 00
    March 7, 2014 6:00 a.m.

    How absolutely priceless. I love "good news week"!! For a loving mother to individually give each of her daughters special welcome home time with their dad is telling these girls "you are loved" by this wonderful man! Thanks Deseret News. :)