Bethany and Hyrum Bronson, along with their three young children, lived on the Japanese island of Okinawa for years, but in October of 2012, Hyrum joined the US Air Force and left his family in Okinawa for training in the US.
After three months of training, he returned home, a US Airman. He lived there with his family for one month until he was shipped out to an airbase in Afghanistan. For six months, both Bethany and Hyrum struggled with being away from each other. Hyrum was set to return at the end of July, 2013. Bethany and their kids couldn’t wait for their husband and father’s homecoming.
Although he was supposed to come home at the end of July, he returned to Okinawa long before that, secretly. Hyrum had notified a family friend in advance and instructed him to take his family to the beach that day.
At the beach, as Bethany and her kids relaxed in the water, their family friend recorded this moment, asking the Bronsons what they would do if the father was here today. The kids answered, “I would tell him I love him” and “I would give him a big hug.”
But while the family answered, Air Force Captain Hyrum Bronson (in full scuba gear) swam toward his family. He emerged from the water and Bethany saw him. He pulled off his scuba mask and said, “Mrs. Bronson, your husband’s here, reporting for duty.”
Bethany was in shock at first, but quickly realized that her husband was home. She dove into his arms and broke down crying. Their kids surrounded them, filled with joy. Their father had returned home.
You can watch the video on YouTube here.