(CBS News) Air Force Master Sgt. Dave Sims appeared on the giant video monitor at the Cardinals-Braves game in Atlanta, on Memorial Day.
His family, believing he was still in Afghanistan wrapping up a six-month tour, watched the video from the field, CBS News affiliate WGCL-TV reports.
As the video ended, Sims appeared on the field to surprise his wife and four children in front of the thousands in attendance. The children sprinted towards their dad and engulfed him in hugs.
Watch the happy reunion featured on "CBS This Morning" in the video below.