Corporal James Bass seems like one of those super playful dads who is always joking around with his family.
Just watch what he does in this tear-jerking military homecoming video, which has racked up hundreds of thousands of views since it was posted to YouTube on Saturday.
After returning from a month-long deployment to Kuwait, the army dad gave his eight-year-old son, Joshua, the shock of his life by showing up at his Durham, North Carolina school on picture day.
As Joshua posed in the gym, his dad crept up behind him and photo-bombed the shot.
Joshua, unaware that his father was present, was then shown the picture.
He immediately turned around and the two bear-hugged.
"You still got it," Joshua told his dad happily. To pull that surprise off so flawlessly, he sure does.
That video is not the only brilliantly played military homecoming clip that will make you reach for the tissues.
One air force mum from San Antonio, who had been in Kuwait for eight months, made a surprise visit to her 13-year-old son’s middle school basketball game, in a video posted to YouTube in January 2014 that’s since received more than 4 million views.
In the clip, Lieutenant colonel Cotina Jenkins-Sellers works the surprise perfectly.
While son Derrick tries to make a free throw, Jenkins-Sellers who is standing behind him, suddenly says, “That’s all right, Derrick.”
Shocked, Derrick turns around, sees his mum, runs across the gym, then falls to the floor in tears.
And last December, four-year-old Gabriel Gallardo, of Rancho Cordova, California, got the best Christmas present ever.
His mum, Sharlene, who’d been serving overseas in the navy for almost 10 months, made a surprise appearance at a school assembly with the help of Gabriel’s principal, who invited other parents and local media.
As his mum walked through the gym toward Gabriel, the preschooler practically flew into her embrace.
As thrilled as Gabriel clearly was to hug his mum again, Sharlene Gallardo was just as overcome with emotion.
“I was trying to calm myself, saying, ‘Just breathe, it’s just your son, he’s still your little boy,” she told Yahoo Parenting at the time.
“As soon as I saw him, it was like my heart exploded in my chest. I just had to grab him. It was a homecoming that I’ll never forget.”
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