Mid-Missouri Serviceman Pulls Off Surprise Homecoming

3 years 2 months 1 week ago September 28, 2013 Sep 28, 2013 Saturday, September 28 2013 Saturday, September 28, 2013 8:22:00 PM CDT in News
By: Brent Pearson, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter
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CALIFORNIA - A California native and serviceman returned home after a tour in Afghanistan with a surprise up his sleeve Friday night. 

Nate Dalbey, a Builder First Class in the Naval Mobile Construction Battallion 15, arrived at the Southern Boone-California football game looking to surprise his father-in-law and mother-in-law Ed and Beulah Ziegs. Dalbey had already surprised his sons earlier that day, California High School junior Alex Dalbey and eighth grader Toby Dalbey.

The Ziegs were selected as honorary captains for the coin toss. The two have helped with the school district for more than 20 years. Ed as a middle school football coach and Beulah as the middle school trainer. Ed recently announced he will retire after this year. He also has 24 years of experience with the armed forces as both a Vietnam veteran and a purple heart recipient. 

The two were under the impression that they were being honored for their service. Little did they know that their son-in-law was waiting to surprise them. 

After the crowning of royalty, Dalbey waited under the stands for his cue to go on the field.

Dalbey navigated through the stands and made his way to the field behind a second wall of California football players that walked behind the captains to ensure that Dalbey wouldn't be seen. 

The public address announcer announced a surprise guest just as Dalbey started his walk toward his family. Dalbey pulled off the surprise which ended in smiles, tears and a memorable homecoming. 

Dalbey has served 15 years in the military and has completed two tours of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

 

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