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Marine's secret mission: Surprise mom on her birthday

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Marine Lance Corporal Andy Daly hugs his grandmother at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. (Source: KLTV Staff) Marine Lance Corporal Andy Daly hugs his grandmother at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. (Source: KLTV Staff)
Marine Lance Corporal Daly surprised his mother, Julie Wheat, at her birthday dinner at Tyler's Olive Garden. (Source: KLTV Staff) Marine Lance Corporal Daly surprised his mother, Julie Wheat, at her birthday dinner at Tyler's Olive Garden. (Source: KLTV Staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas Marine was welcomed back by a crowd at the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport Friday, but that was just part of his homecoming. The other part, surprising his mother at her birthday dinner.

Julie Wheat had no idea her son, Marine Lance Corporal Andy Daly, was returning home from embassy security in Spain. He even sent his mother a text the night before saying he was still in Spain, when in reality the wheels were in motion on his secret plan.

Daly waited quietly tucked away at the Olive Garden in Tyler, peeking through the blinds with anticipation to see his mother. Finally the moment came, with the family all seated, Daly moved in for the surprise his mother never saw coming.

"Turn around," the server said.

Daly's mother was shocked and hugged her son for the first time in eight months. Even Daly's younger brother had no idea he was heading home so soon.

"I'm just so glad to have him home," Wheat said with a sigh of relief. 

When asked how this birthday present was, Wheat replied, "It's the best I could have."

Daly also made it home in time for another birthday, his younger brother celebrates a birthday on Sunday.

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