Thomas Pardue returned home to his family, and with a big surprise for his son, just in time for the holidays.

Millersville Elementary School students thought WBAL TV-11 cameras were at their school for a story about school lunch. That little white lie was soon exposed when Army Master Sgt. Thomas Pardue entered the room and his 8-year-old son, Eben, spotted him right away.

Eben thought his dad was coming home on Monday.

“(I’m) just happy to be home. (I’ve) been gone from the family for about a year, so I’m looking forward to getting back in the house,” Pardue said.

Pardue was in South Korea working in military intelligence. Now, he’s home and ready to play video games with Eben and celebrate Christmas.

“I missed him so much,” Pardue said.

It will be a wonderful Christmas. He likes to have him home, and it will be one we don’t forget,” said Pardue’s wife, Susan.

Pardue said last year he left right before Christmas and also missed Eben’s birthday. That’s why being home is making this holiday extra special.

“That one was the worst, so this makes this one the best. I’m back just in time,” Pardue said.

Pardue hopes everyone will remember the troops who are still separated from their families during the holiday season.


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