The 5 best military homecoming surprise videos

From a soldier Santa to a photobomb, these classic videos will brighten your day.


David Holmes

Internet Culture

Published Mar 30, 2012   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 7:12 pm CDT

On Thursday, the most heartwarming photobomb of all time hit the front page of social news site Reddit.

According to the sailor’s father, who uploaded the video, his son hadn’t been home since July 2011. As the sidebar to this video proves, there’s no shortage of videos welcoming home armed service members on YouTube.

To further celebrate those magical moments, we compiled our favorite homecoming surprise videos.

There are no words for this little girl’s face.

A father makes a surprise visit to his daughter’s Spelling Bee when she is asked to spell, “sergeant.”

The old “soldier Santa” trick never gets old.

This video throws dogs into the mix for extra heart-warmitude:

The commenters of this video had plenty to say to the 57 people who “disliked” it.


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*First Published: Mar 30, 2012, 8:25 pm CDT