Valentine's Reunion for local military family

Navy dad surprises cheerleader daughter

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by Michele McCormack

SALEM-There were sad hearts last Valentine's when Petty Officer William Smith left his family.

But one year later he returned and surprised his daughter Dealainey at a cheer leading practice.

His daughter collapsed when she first gained sight of him. Something that surprised dad.

"I was expecting to be tackled," Smith told CBS 58's Sachelle Saunders, "I was expecting her to be a linebacker and just take me out, but I wasn't expecting her to drop down on the mat like she did, it was a surprise, almost made me cry."

"We've been watching the youtube videos of the homecomings," his wife Melinda added, "and she's like oh' he's never gonna come home, he won't come home at the right time."

 

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