March 24, 2012

Mike Tharp: Soldier's homecoming big surprise for mom in Merced

U.S. Army Pfc. Anthony Barreto came marching home again -- and shocked his mom so much she cried. "What are you doing here?!" his mom, Melissa Ochoa, screamed as she jumped up from the booth at Black Bear Diner. Mother and son hugged for a long minute. Other patrons realized what was happening. They stood and clapped. A lot of eyes were wet and throats were tight.

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