Local soldier gives surprise holiday homecoming

By Alice Kang | akang@whbf.com

Published 07/04 2015 12:33AM

Updated 07/04 2015 12:36AM

Throwing out the first pitch  at a River Bandits game is the signal that it's time to play ball. But Friday night it meant a lot more than that. One local boy got an incredible surprise.

The McClure family has a tradition of going to a River Bandits game for the 4th of July every year, but this year there was someone missing.

Army Reserve 1st Sgt. Robert Lee McClure was serving in Romania and wasn’t expecting to be home this early. To fill the empty seat this year he showed this video to his family before his son, Alex threw out the first pitch.

When he stepped up to the plate, little did he know, who would be catching his pitch.Army Reserve 1st Sgt. Robert Lee McClure: Dad, husband and friend, was home just in time for the holiday weekend.

A moment that left 14-year-old Alex speechless. When McClure threw the first pitch at the Bandits game to his son, waiting at home plate friends and families faces teared up with joy.

It's been almost 10 months since they saw him last.

“I was shocked and so happy.” said Barb McClure, Robert’s wife.

“[I’m] getting choked up now. I don’t know, I'm still tearing up a little bit but um i can't even put it into words,” said Robert.

And while he'll be home only a short time.

"It's hard when he's gone you know especially on the kids but we do what we have to,” said Barb.

The McClure family says they will cherish every second, every minute, every day they spend together.


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