Marine Surprises Mom At Restaurant After Nine Months Away

A Marine crept up behind his mom and gave her a huge hug as he unexpectedly returned home from a nine month deployment. Tanner Watson from Great Falls, Montana, had been out on duty since March. After telling his mom, Tiffeney Kriedeman, he wouldn't be at home till January, he knew his mom would be even more surprised to see him. So Tanner organized - along with his brother Kobe Linn - a family gathering at a local restaurant in their hometown. After the family had been seated, Tanner had his high-school friend drive him to the surprise reunion. Tiffeney was seated with her back to the entrance, so Tanner quietly approached from behind - before he grabbed his mom from behind in a bear hug. So startled was she, his mom initially pushed him away, but as soon as she turned around and saw the uniform it hit home that her military son had returned. As tears flooded down her cheeks, other guests in the restaurant applauded as they stood in each other’s arms.