Columbia, SC (WLTX)- The father of one Lake Carolina student surprisedhis son while he was playing on the playground Friday afternoon.

"I'm just so excited to see him," said Tech Sgt. Matthew Ross.

His son, 6-year old Luke Ross, had no idea his dad was coming home from a 5 month deployment. Tech Sgt. Ross had never seen his school or met any of his friends he has met this school year.

"It takes a while for the reality of being home to set in, when you finally get home and you are with your family," said Ross."That is when it becomes real."

The Ross family plans to eat dinner at home and just relax and spend the weekend together.

"I am happy he is back home because he has been overseas for 5 months," said Luke.

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