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Surprise! Midlands Army dad shocks daughter with return

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

A Midlands 5th grader got the surprise of a lifetime Tuesday morning. Danielle Banks' dad has been deployed to Kuwait for 8 months. On Tuesday, he decided to drop in on his daughter.

Stories like this don't need much set up. All you need to know is 11-year-old Danielle thought the slew of cameras were here to shoot healthy lunch choices. She doesn't know that her Army dad, Maj. Danny Banks, was out back. He hadn't seen his daughter face-to-face in months.

Danielle literally dreamed about a moment like this, and the reality of it was almost too much.

"I completely lost it. I lost it. I wanted him home as soon as possible," said Danielle.

"My wife would tell you I'm a pretty private person. When my wife told me this was going to happen I was hesitant, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world," said Danny.

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