Army Mom Surprises Son With Return From Afghanistan

An impromptu assembly shrouded in secrecy had rumors flying at one elementary school in the east. The truth: One kindergartner was about to be reunited with his mom after a deployment in Afghanistan.

Six-year-old Nehemiah Credle's grandma arranged a little surprise. Cathy Moore says, "As a mom I wish she could come home and be with us, and enjoy Christmas with us, and his birthday with us."

In fact, Nehemiah's mom Melanie Credle, a cook with the Army's 82nd combat aviation brigade, has missed several important days over the past four months.

Principal Alicia Vosburgh says, "She missed that first day of kindergarten. All the firsts, first report card, PTO's, read-ins, there's a lot that goes into sending your child to public schools."

Tuesday's secret assembly and reunion seemed to make up for all those things that were missed. Credle says, "I was so excited. It's a very hard job, the Army, and being a single parent. But I love both of them."

Nehemiah had this to say about the surprise. "It's good. I love her."

This is Credle's second deployment with the Army. She heads back to Afghanistan in 15 days.


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  • by Chandra on Jan 18, 2012 at 07:23 PM
    Welcome Home!! OMG I was so excited to see you and Neyo is so big, your mom always does the greatest things...Love you guys
  • by Penny G. Location: Washington on Jan 18, 2012 at 02:50 PM
    Welcom Home, Mel!!! Thank you for your service to our country!! She has always been a good mom!! A touching story!!
  • by Gray on Jan 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM
    BEAUTIFUL!!!!!
  • by Derald Location: germany on Jan 18, 2012 at 10:42 AM
    Welcome Home Melanie Hope you neyo, and the Fam enjoy your stay home..Keep up the Great work you do..
  • by T Location: Washington on Jan 18, 2012 at 09:57 AM
    Thank you for you service to our country. May God Bless You!
  • by Luis Location: Greenville on Jan 18, 2012 at 05:34 AM
    It's always great to see a smile on a childs face. Hopefully she is home for good.
  • by Joyce on Jan 18, 2012 at 05:25 AM
    What a wonderful story. Thank you for your service. Enjoy your time home with your son and family. At last a good positive story.
  • by Rebecca Location: Ft. Bragg on Jan 17, 2012 at 09:55 PM
    Hey Credle!!! Enjoy your r&r with your handsome son and beautiful mom! <3, Newton's wife :)
  • by knowsowell on Jan 17, 2012 at 08:05 PM
    As a mother of 3 and my husband deployed to Afghanistan know all to well how these moments feel! Also know how quick those 2 weeks go by, and you have to cherish every moment. Hope they have a wonderful two weeks and may they drag out forever, or at least feel like it!!! Thank you for your service and many sacrifices!!
  • by Julie Location: Grifton on Jan 17, 2012 at 07:34 PM
    Good job, Grandma! <3
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