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FIRST MEETING: Returning Minn. soldier meets baby boy

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Photo by Karen Scullin Photo by Karen Scullin
Photo by Karen Scullin Photo by Karen Scullin
Photo by Karen Scullin Photo by Karen Scullin

Fox 9 cameras caught an amazing homecoming on Tuesday -- a staff sergeant in the 203rd Transportation Unit of the U.S. Army Reserves was reunited with his family after a year oversees and met his son for the first time.

Staff Sgt. William Dullea has been in Afghanistan for almost a full year, and he knew that his homecoming would be a special day. In fact, he ensured it by surprising his 5-year-old daughter at her school.

THE FIRST MEETING

The wait for daddy to arrive at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport got a little long for 7-week-old Jameson, but when he finally walked in, things got emotional fast. Smiles turned to tears in nearly an instant.

Jameson was supposed to wait until his father made it home to be born, but he had to be delivered four weeks early.

"Now, I can make up for not being here when it happened, you know?" Dullea said with a laugh. "So, it's good."

A SCHOOL SURPRISE

Dullea's other two children, Colin and Gabi, were very excited to welcome their father at the airport, and little Savannah Dullea wore her enthusiasm right on the front of her shirt as she headed to school for the day -- but she never expected the surprise she got in her kindergarten class.

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