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Son reunites with his soldier father at magic show

Son Reunites With Soldier Father At Magic Show

Army Major Tim Christensen from Connecticut had been away from his family for 13 months serving in Afghanistan. His 9-year-old son Ethan had been counting down the days of his dad's return -- not expecting him to get back until next week. But Major Christensen had a surprise in mind. Here's WVIT: "After a hug that went on and on, the family's joy spilled out into the hallway and it was hard to tell who was wearing the bigger smile."

The happy reunion took place at a YMCA summer camp. Ethan was chosen to take part in a magic trick.

The magician asked Ethan,"What kind of hat do you call that? Do you know?" He answered, "A military hat." The magician promptly replied, "Well you better return it to that guy behind you. You want to just give it to that guy?"

And his father, Major Christensen, was waiting behind him, and Ethan did not want to let his father go.

Of course, Major Christensen is excited to finally spend time with his son. He told WTIC, "Now I get to wrestle him and rough him up a little bit."

Ethan's 11-year-old sister Emily had also been anticipating her dad's arrival -- so Christensen made sure to surprise her as well. Her father waited on a bench as she left her Summer music camp.

Major Christensen has been in the army for nearly 20 years. This was his third deployment, and was recently awarded a Bronze star.

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junelee0319 July 11 2014 at 4:14 PM

bad enough we only get a snippet on these videos - but then you have to put up with the stupid commentary before and after each

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ofleck junelee0319 July 14 2014 at 1:32 PM

Not to mention the stupid comments from posters such as yourself!

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Barb and Russ junelee0319 July 14 2014 at 2:51 PM

I totally agree! I have complained many times but does no good. Why show mere seconds of the surprise and the remainder commentary which we are not interested in.

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jacks_sam July 11 2014 at 12:12 PM

Good for them but these reunion stories are getting old. Move on please.

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ofleck jacks_sam July 14 2014 at 1:34 PM

Here's a thought....if they are old to you, simply do not click on them! There, problem solved!

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Mike July 14 2014 at 6:53 AM


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ofleck Mike July 14 2014 at 1:33 PM

Don't worry....with time you will be more exciting and will make some friends! Hang in there, Mike.

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generalsnafu July 14 2014 at 7:14 AM

I don't know about you guys but, I'm getting real tired of all this AOL propaganda for the US government to make us feel good about war.

Instead, let's make this an equal opportunity news report. Let's see the soldiers that our government doesn't want us to see, the ones who have come home disabled or in body bags instead of this "Feel Good" BS..

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MICHAEL generalsnafu July 14 2014 at 10:38 AM

i agree with you completely.

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ofleck generalsnafu July 14 2014 at 1:36 PM

My my, your life must be filled with misery if you only seek other misery! Here's a thought...if you want to see the other side of war, enlist and serve your country. If you just want to see pictures and stories try google. It is a remarkable tool (like yourself) and you can find many different articles about our military, both good and sad!

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poll100 July 14 2014 at 7:55 AM

These stories are very hard on the children who don't have a father in their life. Lots of them.

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MICHAEL poll100 July 14 2014 at 10:40 AM

they're hard on ME and im not even involved.

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jim July 14 2014 at 10:45 AM

Being in Nam on the DMZ from 65 to 68 & being wounded twice I always have wondered why me, to survive when many of my friends & comrads who had families did not. I knew many of them because we were very close, Seabees are a closely knit family especially overseas & we always did for each other. We never had this type of showing because everyone reated us like crap.

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seabee685 jim July 14 2014 at 2:15 PM

Seabees do help each other when times. Get rough. Ret Seabee

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Max Lilly July 14 2014 at 10:18 AM

That's a great welcome home. Many Vets didn't get that for some reason, but I admire and tear up each time I see a kid who is surprised at seeing his Dad or Mom. This Dad and his Son will never forget their reunion. Good story.

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mspat1001 July 14 2014 at 10:07 AM

These children will see their dad at home. Be considerate of the children in the classroom who don't have a father.

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cabinsmoke July 14 2014 at 6:05 PM

I keep guessing wrong !!!!!!!!!! You trickster, Aol !!!!!!!

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Paul July 14 2014 at 5:45 PM

Not another one of these boring "reunion stories" .... < yawn >

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