Soldier surprises son after six-month absence

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Tears stream down the faces of S.Sgt. Joshua Smith and his 5-year-old son, Nathan, as the reality of their reunion at Coolidge Elementary School Wednesday sets in. Smith has been on a deployment in Kuwait for six months but just arrived on a 15-day leave to see his family in Coolidge. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Smith, who has been serving in Kuwait on his third active duty deployment, surprised his 5-year-old son Nathan when he showed up at Coolidge Elementary School Wednesday.
A 2004 Coolidge High School graduate, Smith was scheduled for 15 days of leave in the United States. He had told the school that he would be arriving Feb. 12, and arranged to surprise his son on Nathan’s lunch break.
The plan was almost ruined when Smith, who had arrived first in Atlanta, couldn’t get a flight to Dallas after so many were canceled because of severe weather. Smith, however, did not let that obstacle stop him – he drove all night to get to the school.

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