U.S. Marine just home from deployment surprises daughter at Braves game

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051116 ATLANTA: U.S. Marine Corps SSG Clayton Walker is moved to tears as he is reunited with his daughter Cassidy, 10, Langston Elementary School, Perry, GA, after his fifth tour of duty just before the first pitch in the Braves and Phillies baseball game at Turner Field on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

USMC Staff Sgt. Clayton Walker appeared on Turner Field’s giant screen right before his 10-year-old daughter Cassidy sang the National Anthem with classmates before Wednesday’s game.“I can’t wait to be home soon. I can’t wait to see you. I love you,” he said as his daughter, a student at Langston Road Elementary School in Perry, got emotional. 

Guess what happened right after the “Star Spangled Banner” ended?

USMC Staff Sgt. Clayton Walker and his delighted daughter Cassidy. Photo: Jennifer Brett

USMC Staff Sgt. Clayton Walker and his delighted daughter Cassidy. Photo: Jennifer Brett

Walker, who had been deployed for a fifth time, had been serving as the Intelligence Chief for the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response Africa.

Safely stateside and based out of Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C., Walker will resume his duties with the 2nd Intelligence Battalion.

His service awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars and the U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon.

 Here’s a longer video clip:

051116 ATLANTA: U.S. Marine Corps SSG Clayton Walker is moved to tears as he is reunited with his daughter Cassidy, 10, Langston Elementary School, Perry, GA, after his fifth tour of duty just before the first pitch in the Braves and Phillies baseball game at Turner Field on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

051116 ATLANTA: U.S. Marine Corps SSG Clayton Walker is moved to tears as he is reunited with his daughter Cassidy, 10, Langston Elementary School, Perry, GA, after his fifth tour of duty just before the first pitch in the Braves and Phillies baseball game at Turner Field on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

051116 ATLANTA: U.S. Marine Corps SSG Clayton Walker is reunited with his daughter Cassidy, 10, Langston Elementary School, Perry, GA, after his fifth tour of duty just before the first pitch in the Braves and Phillies baseball game at Turner Field on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

051116 ATLANTA: U.S. Marine Corps SSG Clayton Walker is reunited with his daughter Cassidy, 10, Langston Elementary School, Perry, GA, after his fifth tour of duty just before the first pitch in the Braves and Phillies baseball game at Turner Field on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com


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