Palmdale Family Enjoys Surprise Homecoming From Airman

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Six-year-old Joseph Bonner cried frequently in school. He struggled through tears to write his ABCs. He broke down on the playground. He wept when his pencil broke.

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Air Force Master Sgt. James Bonner surprises son Joseph at the Gregg Anderson Academy’s assembly in Palmdale. (credit: LA Times)

He could barely get through a school day, his mother and teacher said. The typically calm, quiet boy missed his father.

For the last six months, Air Force Master Sgt. James Bonner has been in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on an unexpected deployment, his first in nine years.

Joseph couldn’t quite understand why his father had left.

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