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Utah family surprised by soldier father on Hilton Head

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

One Utah family received the best vacation surprise of the lives on Thursday.

Their father, National Guardsman LTC Matt Branham, is home.

Branham was deployed to Afghanistan in October and wasn't due back for another five months, but his wife was diagnosed with cancer in February, so he said he had to get home sooner to be with his family.

Branham and his wife surprised their three children on Thursday on Hilton Head Island at the Shelter Cove Summer Festival.

"I couldn't believe it," said son Logan. "I had to make sure it was true. I still can't believe that's what happened. It was amazing."

"The thoughts running through my mind were, man, my family once again," said LTC Branham. "I'm going to stay here and I'm going to see them, and I'm going to enjoy them and build 65,000 sand castles if I need to."

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