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Soldier returns with gift, songs

Surprise homecoming

Posted: Wednesday, February 04, 2009

When Rebecca Nelson opened her door Friday evening, she was greeted by a barbershop quartet singing an early Valentine's Day performance from her husband, U.S. Army Spc. Adam Nelson.

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But that knock on the door brought Mrs. Nelson more than a sweet song; it brought her sweetheart home.

"I definitely wanted to do something special," Spc. Nelson said as he gathered with the singers in the IGA parking lot in Grovetown on Friday evening, waiting to kick off his surprise homecoming.

Spc. Nelson spent the past year deployed with the 160th Signal Brigade at the Theatre Network Operations and Security Center at Camp Doha in Kuwait, monitoring Army communications in southwest Asia. Since his January 2008 deployment, Spc. Nelson had visited home once -- for two weeks in October.

"The first months were hard because it was like eight months," he said.

Mrs. Nelson said she had been counting the minutes until her husband of nearly five years was scheduled to return at 8:20 a.m. Saturday.

"His dad sings. I just figured he had some friends here or something," Mrs. Nelson said of the Garden City Chorus barbershop quartet Southern Blend, who showed up at her door Friday.

"Thank you. You made my day," she told the singers after they performed two songs -- Let Me Call You Sweetheart and Take Me Home Country Road -- picked by her husband.

While his teary-eyed wife listened to the quartet, Spc. Nelson hid in front of the garage.

"I got a little lost in the song, and I forgot my cue there," he said.

With a second knock on the door, Spc. Nelson surprised his wife by arriving home 14 hours early. All she could do was laugh and hug her husband.

"Wow! I was really surprised," Mrs. Nelson said, admitting she truly wasn't that surprised her husband organized such a detailed plot to make his homecoming special. "He does some really crazy things."

Even Spc. Nelson's 10-year-old daughter, Alexandra, was caught off guard.

"Daddy, we missed you," Alexandra said as she greeted her father with a big hug.

Spc. Nelson said he had to tell his wife a few fibs during his long trip home to convince her he was still arriving Saturday morning. He thought she was suspicious, but the plot worked.

"I didn't know," Mrs. Nelson said. "He got me."



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