Soldier Surprises Daughter at Graduation

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A senior at a North Dakota high school got the surprise of a lifetime over the weekend -- her father. Taylor Crafton, a senior at Central High School, in Grand Forks, N.D., has seen her dad, Chris Crafton, be deployed overseas multiple times growing up. Nine times since she was three to be exact. Months prior to Taylor's graduation, he was deployed to Cuba. He wasn't expected to make it back in time to see her walk across the stage in her cap and gown. So, a friend in Virginia made a life-size cutout of him to ensure he was there in spirit. It turns out she didn't need it anyway. As Taylor stood on that stage her dad came running out from backstage in his military gear, and the moment is priceless.

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  1. rileydj
    rileydj Jun 04, 2014

    Next present in an appropriate uniform

  2. Sword100
    Sword100 Jun 05, 2014

    Cuba? Let's do some math - 1782 days over 9 deployments equals about 7 months per deployment. One has to wonder where the deployments were. My son was on active duty for 5 years, of which 27 months were in Iraq during two deployments. Most of the troops in my son's unit would have thought Cuba was a paradise, R&R tour!!! Unless the Chief was an EOD or Air Controller Airman, he was not suffering too much on an AF deployment. Ironically, I will get a lot of flak on this post, but am getting a little tired of these homecoming clips. Next we will see one about an Airman coming home to surprise his wife after 2 months of a 3 month deployment to Hawaii. Let's see more surprise returns from a combat deployment of 12 months. Please don't take this personally if you are a Grunt, EOD, Medic, or Air/gun Controller from any service. De Oppresso Liber.

  3. Sword100
    Sword100 Jun 05, 2014

    No, ecarfar, just getting bored with every early return from somewhere not in harm's way. I'm sure the chief saw many years away from home. I'm sure the family didn't like that. It appears he is going to retire soon, so everyone will get to enjoy a lot of together time. On the other hand, I worked for the AF for a number of years after a number of years in the Army. I was struck by the casualty lists that had hundreds of soldiers and Marines, tens of Navy personnel (mostly Seals, Corpsmen, and EOD), and for weeks in a row - no AF members, not counting Airmen killed in rollovers while drag racing in Saudi Arabia. Every once in a while some AF CE types would be killed on EOD duty or Air Controllers while attached to SOF. Would hope the various PR types would concentrate more on people coming back from combat to surprise their loved ones. De Oppresso Liber.

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