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Emotional homecoming for East Texas family

BULLARD, TX (KLTV) - A five-year-old East Texas boy has not seen his father for seven months. In fact, they have only talked on the phone just a couple of times. His father has been serving on the USS Ronald Reagan.

But on Friday, he had a big surprise for his son.

A crowd waited patiently for Aviation Bossen Mate Dylan Malone to arrive. They wanted to give him a hero's welcome but knew it'd be short. That's because Malone had a surprise up his sleeve.

With his daughter Kirsten in his arms, he headed towards his son's (also named Dylan) classroom.

Dylan knew his father would be coming home soon--but he didn't know when.

Eager kindergartners welcomed him into their classroom... then, bombarded him with questions.

Unlike his classmates, the surprise left Dylan nearly speechless. 

Malone says he'll only be home for about ten days, then he'll spend another month at sea.

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