Touching Moment: Returning Sailor Sees His Newborn Daughter for the First Time

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 19, 2013   |   5:52PM   |   Norfolk, VA

Normally parents are the first people to who get the joy of holding and embracing their newborn baby. However, Petty Officer 2nd Class Marcus Harris had been away serving his country aboard a Navy ship since February and he unfortunately miss the birth of his daughter.

After nine months aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Barry, he returned home to Norfolk, Virignia — to his wife and newborn baby. The London Daily Mail reports on this touching story:

The photo released by the Department of Defense shows a woman carrying a sign reading: ‘I’ve waited all my life to meet you Daddy.’

Petty Officer Harris is a cryptologic technician, according to the DOD.



The Barry was involved in Nato exercises in the eastern Mediterranean working with ships and aircraft from nine different NATO countries on submarine detection and prosecution.

She then supported of the U.S. 6th Fleet commander and participated in training scenarios for Tomahawk missiles.