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Sailor surprises young daughter after seven month tour of duty

9:38 AM, Jun 14, 2012   |    comments
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WNYT - Wednesday was a great day for field day, but for one little first grader at New York's Schuylerville Elementary School, the picture perfect day was much more special.

Emma Pickett's dad, Allan, couldn't be at the big events this school year because he was serving protecting ships in ports in the Middle East.

Senior Chief Quartermaster Allan Pickett has been in the United Arab Emirates for nearly eight months.

On Wednesday he was back home and he was just "daddy." Daughter Emma, who'd missed him terribly, got a big surprise. She had no idea that daddy was there to cheer her on. Emma was overcome by emotion. She didn't want to let him go.

After she stopped crying tears of joy, Emma said, "I thought he would never come and he did, I really do miss him 100 percent."

WNYT

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