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Army Pilot's Early Homecoming Surprises Wife

Posted May 4, 2007 6:44 p.m. EDT
Updated May 4, 2007 7:29 p.m. EDT

— 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.