Watch: Navy Dad Surprises Daughter at Copley Middle School

HM2 Petty Officer Kyle Murphy, a member of the U.S. Navy, hadn't seen his daughter, Kylie, for eight months.

Kylie Murphy, a seventh grade student at walked into the gym Tuesday expecting to judge some acts for the upcoming school talent show. Little did she know, one of those acts was her father, recently home from serving in Afghanistan.

HM2 Petty Officer Kyle Murphy, a medic for the U.S. Navy, deployed on July 4, 2011 for Afghanistan and hadn't seen his daughter since. She wanted to be there when he got off the plane, but he had a better idea in mind.

Principal Bill Kerrigan received an email from Kylie's mother Stacy asking whether Kyle could surprise Kylie at school, and the ball started rolling.

Kerrigan staged fake talent show auditions in the gym and asked the choir students, of which Kylie is a member, to be the judges. He asked seventh grade piano whiz Yuka Suzuki to play for the first act, and then Kyle would be the second, coming out from behind the curtain on stage.

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Kylie, a bubbly young girl, sat in the front row with her friends and loudly applauded Yuka when she finished her song. Kerrigan stood in front of the choir and announced that the next act plays "many rolls, including father, husband, maybe someone that has helped our country out a lot..."

Kylie stared at the stage and waited for the second act, her father, to come out. When he stepped out from behind the curtain, she stared in disbelief and then a huge smile spread across her face.

"That's my daddy," she said and ran into his arms.

The two hugged and cried for several minutes, whispering "I love yous," and "I missed yous."

"I missed having him here," Kylie said. Someone asked her what she wants to do now that he's back. She answered, "I just want to be with him. It can be anything, anywhere."

Kyle's service officially ends in August, but he will not be deployed again, he said. He hopes to start some humanitarian work with his fiancee Rachel. He is currently stationed in Seattle.

Rhonda Giarratana March 28, 2012 at 02:11 PM
So sweet, that video brought a tear or two to my eyes. Happy for Kylie and her Dad, thank you for your service, Kyle; Welcome Home!
Frankie Lea Sr March 28, 2012 at 04:43 PM
That was so cool. Now what about the Civilian (Combat) Veterans who are or have come home? TN is still the only state in the UNION to Honor Civilian Veterans( not military) who have or are serving our country. Civilian Combat Veteran ( registered by US Gov 2007) Frankie Lea Sr Hilham, TN
Josephtemecula March 28, 2012 at 05:13 PM
This was so nice it brought tears to my eyes. What a sacrifice for all of them the father, the daughter and mother. Thank you for serving our country all of you. With the dad being in the armed forces all of them serve our country.....
Jose romero March 28, 2012 at 05:15 PM
The country has come a long ways from those 1960's days. I remember when the 101st Airborne home some of the guys in the front got bags full of feces on their uniforn. I was lucky, I came home 8 months later and at JFK airport I was called a baby killer by a 8-10 year old whom was walking with his long hair dad, both bare footed. "Look daddy baby killer"
miles callahan March 28, 2012 at 06:15 PM
that is the sweetest thing you could do for your child thay man has alot of respect and if he doesnt thats a shame thats a good father.
L.C.Deaton March 28, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Jose, let me take this opportunity to tell you that I appreciate your service, and I am embarrassed by the treatment you and many others received during the VN war. My husband still comments today that it sure is different than when he came home. I lost so many friends during that time, and everyone one of the service men and women of that era and all others deserve the utmost respect for serving our country in wars they themselves did not create. Again.....Thank you.
Robert Haskins March 28, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Welcome Home Corpsman! From a fellow Navy Doc. (ODS)
Linda March 28, 2012 at 08:18 PM
I love to see these kind of videos! Just brings tears to my eyes! Welcome home!
joe March 28, 2012 at 08:31 PM
I know what you mean Jose Romero when I came home from Nam a lady pulled her kid away from me at the time I didn't understand why she did that. I am glad it's not that way today, WeLCOME HOME
cb March 28, 2012 at 09:11 PM
I wore POW/MIA bracelets when I was a kid and the Viet Nam war was going on. I have always honored our Vets- ESPECIALLY THE NAM GUYS. Thank you all for serving your country and making the U.S. a safer place for all of us.
BMonroe March 28, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I am so sorry that you and all Veterans were treated so rudely by your own people. I wish we could go back in time and do it over for you. But we can't; so hopefully by honoring present military when they come home, we will remember you. Hopefully people will see any veteran wearing a cap/shirt/jacket identifying you as a veteran and say thank you for your service. Hopefully people will attend Memorial Day/July 4th/ Veterans Day celebrations and think of all of you.
joanie March 28, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Those reunions never get old!! I cry for every darned one of em. Wishing many safe and speedy returns to our men & women in uniform!!!
Phyllis Mowen March 29, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Thank you Kyle for your service and welcome home! Please remember the families like ours that were only able to bring our family member home in a casket.
samantha August 06, 2012 at 05:55 AM
Thanks so much kyle. I really am thankful to have you and your team serving our country. :)
samantha September 29, 2012 at 02:44 AM
I know the kid in the secomd row and like the 3rd or 4th seat.


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