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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2012 > May-August > Surprise! Surprise! Father Surprises Son at Little League Baseball Camp after Returning from Afghanistan

Surprise! Surprise! Father Surprises Son at Little League Baseball Camp after Returning from Afghanistan

Surprise! Surprise! Father Surprises Son at Little League Baseball Camp after Returning from Afghanistan

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The emotional return of U.S. military personnel from deployment overseas takes place at many different locations around the world. Today the Little League International Complex in South Williamsport, Pa., was the site for another happy reunion between a soldier and one of his family members.

Russell Myers, a Sergeant First Class in the Army, has been serving in Afghanistan the last nine months as a Staff Administration Specialist. His first deployment to Afghanistan with the 29th Infantry Division came to an end on July 7 when he returned to the U.S. spending some time in the demobilization process in Mississippi.

Yesterday he returned to his home state of Maryland, Mr. Myers was born and raised in Westminster, Md., before making his way to his home in Littlestown, Pa,. where he was re-united with most of his family.

There was one person missing.

Mr. Myers’ son, J.E.B., is attending the Little League Baseball Camp at the Little League International Complex in South Williamsport, Pa., and could not be at home for the return of his father from his military service.

So, Mr. Myers, who is still on active duty as a member of the Maryland Army National Guard, decided to bring the reunion to his son.

Mr. Myers, along with his daughter, Danielle, arrived at the site of the Little League Baseball World Series around 4 p.m. And by 5 p.m. he was re-united with his surprised son as part of a ceremony that took place in the Dining Hall, located in the Dr. Creighton J. Hale International Grove on the Little League complex, which was packed with more than 150 campers and their coaches.

The last thing Mr. Myers and his son did before he left for Afghanistan last year was spend some time at the Little League Baseball World Series, something he said they do almost every year.

“It was a complete surprise,” J.E.B. said. “I cannot put into words what I am feeling right now. I couldn’t imagine a better place to meet my dad when he got back than here around the guys who have been my teammates all week.”

Even though Mr. Myers had been thinking about the reunion with his son and family for many months, it still exceeded his expectations.

“It was everything I could have hoped for and more,” Mr. Myers said. “I think we re-connected in a way both of us will never forget. I have to thank all the people here at Little League who were involved in making this happen. For many reasons, this will be a day our whole family will not forget.”

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