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Holly Springs soldier's homecoming surprises 8-year-old daughter

Posted July 15, 2012
Updated July 16, 2012

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— A Holly Springs soldier who has spent the last nine months in Afghanistan returned home early Sunday, surprising his 8-year-old daughter in Apex as she took part in an event to create care packages for other soldiers.

Shamira Lipscomb was busy packing boxes of snacks, popcorn and pop tarts when her father, Sgt. First Class Jonathan Lipscomb, returned a week earlier than expected. 

"It feels really good to be home, real good to be home," Lipscomb said after he embraced his daughter. "I miss this little booger and my family."

Lipscomb, who will spend 15 days home on leave, serves with the North Carolina Army National Guard. He said Sunday the thought of hugging his daughter kept him going during his deployment.

For Shamira Lipscomb, the hug she shared with her father on Sunday was a moment she'll never forget. Army dad Army dad surprises young daughter in Apex

"I was just really surprised," she said. "I'm so happy." 

During his two weeks in North Carolina, Lipscomb said the family will spend as much time as possible together and take a trip to the beach. 

Sunday's event to pack care packages for soldiers was organized by several people who attended high school with Lipscomb in Cary.


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  • BEACH Jul 16, 2012

    great Story, glad to see Happy news on WRAL

  • cwood3 Jul 16, 2012

    Great story-well done WRAL. National Guardsman Libscomb, thank you for your service to our State and Country.

    Please keep your head down when you go back.

  • Thrall-Voljin 2012 Jul 16, 2012

    I agree, harris. Bring them all home now.

  • Disabled Veteran Jul 16, 2012

    Welcome Home Brother! I hope you enjoy your well deserved vacation with your family! Hooah!
    WRAL, you finally put something on here that's joyfull and heart warming! My thoughts are forever with our brave military men and women that are away from their families defending our freedoms.

  • harrisjl Jul 16, 2012

    Excellent 'feel good' item :D Now lets bring all of our solders home permanently....

  • scioto1 Jul 16, 2012

    Nice story on National Guardsman Lipscomb and his daughter but it is sad that most young people have no concept of how difficult it was for soldiers and their families during earlier conflicts. WWII soldiers served for the duration, not a tour of duty. There were was not phone calls,e-mails or Skype just an occasional censored letter which was at least a month old when the family received it. When the War ended, a 14 day boat ride awaited them before they were reunited with their loved ones.
    I am glad that things are somewhat better for those who serve now so that little girls and boys can be proud of their dads and moms and be so happy when they come marching home.

  • Hammerhead Jul 16, 2012

    I saw that on TV last night. Very touching. True emotion.

  • freweeln Jul 16, 2012

    nice to have tears of joy, for a change. Thanks for this one!