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Army Pilot's Early Homecoming Surprises Wife

Posted May 4, 2007

— Chief Warrant Officer Charles Ramsey is an Army Blackhawk pilot whose latest covert operation brought cheers and tears to many in Fayetteville.

Ramsey came home early from his deployment to Afghanistan to surprise his wife. Angela Ramsey was planning a homecoming celebration for next week, but her husband wanted to do something special in time for their seventh anniversary.

"She has no idea I'm coming," Ramsey said as a friend picked him up at the Fayetteville Regional Airport.

One of his bags was lost, but that didn't seem to matter too much. He was on a special mission.

"I've had a long, hard day -- bumped off two flights, pilot didn't show, bag was lost -- I'm ready to go," he said.

Ramsey had planned the surprise for a long time, including a bouquet of roses and a change of civilian clothes.

"I want her to know I really appreciate everything she does and to let her know she's (the) most important, the No. 1 thing in my life," said Ramsey, who has been deployed for most of the seven years the couple has been married.

He and his friend waited in a car outside the salon where Angela Ramsey works. He requested that her favorite song be played on her favorite radio station, knowing she would be listening -- even saying in the dedication that he was calling from Afghanistan.

As the song began playing, he walked into the salon with the roses and apologized to his tearful wife for being away for so long.

"It's been seven years, seven long years. All I want is 77 more," he said.

As an extra surprise, Ramsey treated his wife to a seven-day vacation in Hawaii as a combination anniversary and Mother's Day present.


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  • lhjmeme May 6, 2007

    Thank you CWO Ramsey for your courage and bravery. Bets wishes to you and your wife. And to you spazman...what an idiot you must be. This is finally a military story that doesn't involve a grieving family and you have to make a crude remark.

  • shine May 6, 2007

    Thank you CWO Ramsey, you certainly deserve the best. Thank you and all of the others for being the unselfish defenders and representors of the United States !!
    Thank you sir.

  • BOHICA May 5, 2007

    Great story. Welcome home and enjoy a trip well deserved to Hawaii!!!

  • spazman May 5, 2007

    How many wives are REALLY surprised?Front door opens...Back door slams

  • 1 friend May 5, 2007

    This is so beautiful!!!! Does he have a twin, brother, uncle, cousin? Does it run in the family??? LOL!!!!!!

  • Tbell67 May 5, 2007

    Geez I hope my husband reads this story..lol ...It was beautiful.

  • pikemom1 May 5, 2007

    Wow,nice story.This guy breaks the mold.

  • At Work May 5, 2007

    Wow what a lucky girl, he really thought this through! Glad that he made it home in time!! Bless you both.

  • thatgirlyeahher May 5, 2007

    Welcome home CWO Ramsey. Wishing you and your bride all the best. Thank you for all you do.
    from the sister of 3 wonderful brothers in the Army and 1 civilian contractor.

  • Iwasasoldier4u May 4, 2007

    Welcome home. I am so glad to see that the American people are supporting their soldiers and are welcoming them home with words of praise. I came home from the other unpopular war and the welcome that we received was not good to say the least. I want to thank all of the people that have taken their time to post this for one of our soldiers and for no negative post. CWO Ramsey I hope the sun in Hawaii shines for you every day you are there and your trip is extra special, you have earned it and deserve it.