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VIDEO: Back From Afghanistan, Soldier Surprises Son in Perry Hall

A Seven Oaks Elementary School student received a surprise visit from his father on Friday.

At the top of Deugray Robinson's Christmas list was a simple request—the energetic 10-year-old at Seven Oaks Elementary School just wanted to spend time with his dad. 

On Friday afternoon, his wish was granted early. 

Chief Warrant Officer 2 James H. Robinson in the U.S. Army, who had been stationed in Afghanistan for nearly a year, surprised his son inside his Perry Hall school. 

"I was hoping my No. 1 was here?" Robinson said while entering the fourth grade classroom. 

Deugray cried out, "Dad? Dad!" before jumping into his father's arms. His father held him for several seconds as the teacher and staff members wiped away tears. 

"It's been a long time and it has been difficult, but I've kept in touch as much as I could," Robinson said. 

"A couple times, we went on Skype, but then he was transferred and we couldn't do it anymore because there was no longer any Internet access," Deugray said. 

Deugray, who was wearing pajamas for the school's Pajama Day, was excited to share his latest news with his father: he just got braces on Thursday. According to his father, he had also grown several inches. 

To Deugray, his father was just as he remembered him. 

Share your thoughts and memories of loved ones serving in the military in the comments. 

DK December 17, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Absolutely Awesome !!! The best Christmas Gift Ever ! Deugray your wish has came true. Thank You Chief Warrant Officer James H. Robinson for your service and protection to our Country and Families. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas God Bless
Canadian Bacon December 17, 2012 at 08:19 PM
What a great Christmas gift! Thank you for your service!
Jeanne December 17, 2012 at 08:42 PM
The best Christmas gift ever. I am so happy for their family. I wish there could be more reunions like this but hopefully very soon.
Adam December 18, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Awesome stories like this get 3 comments, where stories about crimes got 100's, WTH people? Thank you for ur service and your sacrifice! Welcome home! Merry Xmas to you and your family!!
Karen December 18, 2012 at 12:54 PM
How wonderful! (as i wipe away the tears) What a blessing for this family. Hope this is the best Christmas ever for them. Thank you Chief Warrant Officer James Robinson for you service to our country! Merry Christmas!
julkd1 December 18, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Thank you for sharing this video. It brought tears to my eyes. Merry Christmas and thank you for your service.
Noreen Frohme December 18, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I can't imagine how hard it must be to be gone from your family for so long! Thank you for your sacrifice for our country! Merry Christmas and ENJOY!
VWK December 18, 2012 at 02:27 PM
This is a great reminder of the sacrifices our service men and women make for us. Thank you to each and every one of you.
HLV December 18, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Absolutely loved it, thanks for sharing the video. Welcome home and have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!
Jeff December 18, 2012 at 05:47 PM
No matter how many videos of this type of thing I see, it gets me every single time! So great!
Shannon December 18, 2012 at 06:28 PM
This is so beautiful. Oh, the tears!!!! Thank you for sharing and Happy Holidays =)
NottinghamFamily December 19, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Wonderful to see such a happy family reunion. What a wonderful Christmas for this family. Thank you for your service. Proud daughter of a Korean War Veteran.
Terrie December 19, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Thank you for sharing AND thank you for your service. Merry Christmas.

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