Marine returns home to meet his 6-month-old son for the first time (video)
Cpl. Brandon Crespo's wife didn't expect the waterworks when he returned from a six-month deployment.
A video clip of their reunion was shared on Today's Twitter account, and the emotions were running high when the soldier was reunited with his loved ones.
Read more on our Twitter account, @amomama_usa. The heartrending video clip can be viewed below.
The reason for all the tears? Crespo met his 1-month-old son, Noah, for the very first time and started crying before he even reached his family.
In the video, Crespo can be seen running towards his family. His wife, Frances, was holding a sign that read:
"Get out of my way! I meet my daddy today!"
He then removes his hat and wipes the tears from his eyes before even holding his baby. It was a moment that the family will cherish forever.
Crespo's parents and other family members gave him few minutes to spend alone with his son and wife.
Frances welcomed Noah back in June, while Crespo had already been away from home for nearly five months.
Crespo's case isn't unique, and many soldiers break down crying when meeting their sons or daughters for the first time.
Back in 2011, Lt. Col. Steve Stewart went viral when he returned to his wife and three children after a 9-month mission to Afghanistan.
His wife, Anita Neel, was waiting for him at the airport terminal with their three children – 3-year-old Helena, 2-year-old Bobby, and Sammy, two months.
Sammy was born during his father's deployment, and it was a joyous moment for the entire family when Steward returned home.
Stewart said fatherhood and marriage is a joy and added that "it's just truly, truly amazing." His wife added:
"We have been patiently waiting for him to come home. I was well aware of what I was signing up for when we decided to have another baby."
A 2-year-old girl also made headlines when she miraculously remembered her father, despite the soldier being away on a 175-day-long deployment.
She was born nine months before Sargeant Brenden Taylor had to leave for a mission. He assumed that she wouldn't recognize him.
When Taylor's daughter, now two and a half years old, saw the bus pull up, she shouted: "Daddy, get off the bus!" Read the full story here.