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. Донна

    Happy Dzień Ojca, tato!

    У пива на меня!‬

    June 19, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    I just love the "WEENUTTS" analogy!

    June 19, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |

    the other problem i have is grandma lives in the country so she tought him to drop his pants and go pee in the woods... well when he gets home.. he just drops his pants and pee's infront of the neigbors.. some times on the neigbors plants...

    June 19, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |

    i did find a way to make kids(atleast mine) brush thier teeth...

    we were watching a vampire movie and my girl asked me what happen to their teeth on the tv... i said it was cause they ate too much candy and didn't brush their teeth..=vampires...

    zombies=didn't listen to their parents and go to bed on time..

    June 19, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    Especially when it's the neighbor's plants!

    Keep him away from Portland...

    It sounds as if your son is driving a better vehicle than I am...

    And you ARE a good Daddy!

    June 19, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chana

    you guys are so off topic and retarded...

    June 19, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Washington

    Annoys me that companies feel the need to require everyone to sit through 30 seconds of advertising to see a nice story about returning veterans seeing their kids. It's all about the profits I guess...

    June 19, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy


    We are talking to a father about his children. What is off topic about that?

    Are *you* a liitle slow, dear?


    It is.

    June 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jamshed

    Its a shame that many daughters in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan and other countries around the world where the U.S. has over 900 military bases will not get to embrace their dads. That is because their dads are dead; killed by the U.S. military machine. This is not to take away from the genuine love that the daughters and sons in the videos above have for their fathers. This is not about being American, or non-American, or Muslim or Christian or Jew. This is about a daughter and her father. And many daughters won't have this luxury. BRING OUT TROOPS HOME. End these unjust wars. Osama is dead. Bring the troops home.

    June 19, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruhlmann

      Bring them home now!

      June 19, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JW

    I did the same thing when I returned from Afghanistan, except my kids were still in school. I went there to pick them up and my little girl immediately recognized me and ran up and jumped into my arms and cried. I'll never forget it. Later my son who is in the middle school down the road came over and saw us and was just as excited but in a more manly way. I just wish that I we video taped the moment.

    June 19, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TruthTeller

    The videos were great and touching. I just wish that CNN didn't make us watch the same 30 second commercial before seeing each one.

    June 19, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jazzzzzzzz

    No Chana is not slow. He is very stupid. Forgive him please. LMAO

    June 19, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. @JW

    That is beautifuk.
    Happy Father's Day.

    June 19, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. @JW

    That is beautiful.
    Happy Father's Day.

    June 19, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. @Jamshed

    Although I appreciate you sentiment, I am sure the sons of the troops would appreciate their fathers home, also.

    June 19, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • midogs2

      ....and their daughters. I agree, Jamshed! War is hell. Nam Vet. It never goes away.

      June 19, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
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