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Soldier surprises wife at Portland airport

Posted: Updated: Dec 21, 2012 08:04 AM
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A U.S. Army soldier surprised his family at the Portland Airport on Thursday.

Bryan Purcell flew into PDX just before midnight.

Purcell's father had taken the soldier's wife and 1-year-old daughter to the airport. They thought they were there to pick up an aunt for Christmas.

FOX 12 was there to capture the emotional surprise reunion.

Purcell said it took him three days to get home from Afghanistan, but that nothing was going to stop him.

"It's been seven months since I've seen my daughter, and I get videos but it's not the same and she's growing up without me, and I hate that," he said.

Purcell only learned that he would be able to go home for Christmas about two weeks ago, and thanked his sergeants for making it happen.

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