Gotta Watch: Daddy's surprise
Master Sgt. Joseph Myers hugs his daughter after a surprise return home from Iraq. (Photo from KABB)
June 19th, 2011
11:59 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Daddy's surprise

Father’s Day is that one day a year where families pause and honor dear ol’ dad. If you want to give him the best day possible, make sure it’s filled with gifts, breakfast in bed and perhaps a few surprises. But who are we kidding? When it comes to surprises, no one does it better than dad. While we celebrate our fathers, let’s take a moment to watch some of the more heartwarming surprises our military men have given their families.

A special present – Daniel Fragoso returned from Afghanistan just in time for his daughter's birthday. Hoping to erase the memory of his absence, he opts for a human-size present she would never expect.
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A Christmas miracle – While stationed in Afghanistan, Raymond Ropa traveled thousands of miles to surprise his boys in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, working with friends, the military and even Santa, to make sure the mission was a success. Sgt. Ropa talked with HLN”s Richelle Carey about how he was able to pull it off.
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A school surprise – Returning from a year of duty, Jeffrey Parks embraces his wife at the airport then is whisked off to surprise his son at school. No fancy tricks or props here, just a pleasant reminder that a simple hug is enough for those who have missed you.
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Tears of joy – Here’s one father, with camera crew in tow, who can’t wait to surprise his daughter and show her how much he’s loved and missed her. Be forewarned, this touching reunion will certainly leave you misty eyed.
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  1. USA#1

    A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.' Happy Father's Day to all you veterans and those currently serving their country.

    June 19, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • midogs2

      and her life!!

      June 19, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • ghostrider

      I couldn't agree more. Happy Fathers Days to all the veterans out there..God Bless you all......

      June 19, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alembic86

      I could not agree more. THANK YOU for your service.

      June 19, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy


    That is hands-down the best way I have ever seen a definition of 'veteran' and 'active duty soldier'.

    Beautifully put.

    Happy Father's Day, all.

    Your sacrifices have not gone unnoticed and unappreciated.

    June 19, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • midogs2

      I fully agree, bansay.

      June 19, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • midogs2

      So sorry. banasay.

      June 19, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. midogs2

    Happy Fathers Day, Troops.

    June 19, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. akadexter

    Great story, but poor story telling. Why does the media think everyone in uniform is a "soldier"? There are tens of thouands of Airmen, Sailors, and Marines serving in the mideast. MSgt Myers is an Airman, get with the program CNN.

    June 19, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tony gonzalez

    Brought tears to my eyes.

    June 19, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. @akadexter

    That's what the public perceives. The public knows that all of our troops are not on the front line; yet whether of not they are actively fighting, all of the troops are soldiers to us. As they should be. Do not jerry-pick and choose; it's a beautiful story. Please be quiet.

    June 19, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Prometheus Unbound

    Now this one pulled the tears ... Happy Father's Day to all fathers, and especially to the Fathers-in-Uniform.

    June 19, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Katee

    Dad's coming in tomorrow. <3 I love this. Happy Father's Day to all the dads.

    June 19, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mkoua

    So heartbreaking. Damn Bush and Obama for both sending these people to harm's way and keeping them there for no reason. Even the majority that make it home uninjured, years away from their family can never be returned. We better do a better job at caring for these upon their return.

    June 19, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy

    I wonder just how many kids these bozoes killed while they were in Afghanistan. These stories do get corny after a while.

    June 20, 2011 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |

      Good posting, banasy. Thank you.

      June 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |

    when i got home the kids had a cake and had made pictures for me... was great cept they kinda licked the cake a little bit....

    they had a picture of a sock with a head ontop and told me "that's you dady as a sock" 🙂

    June 20, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |

      I see that this stupid troll never gives up trolling me. I never posted the above in the first place. Moreover, I've never seen so many idiotic and corny comments as I see here. I wnat to reiterate the simple fact that there's no glory in these obscene wars that the idiots in Washington got us into!

      June 20, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JBYJ

    Hey STUPIDNUTT, What have you done lately for mankind, scratchin your nutts don't count?

    June 21, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
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