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7-year-old boy reunites with Navy dad, dissolves into tears

/ Source: TODAY

Seven-year-old Alex Cullen predicted the best possible response when his mom said his Navy dad had an important message for him.

"What?" Alex responded to his mother, Jennifer, in the sweet video. "He's coming home?"

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Even better: Chief Petty Officer Sean Cullen had already returned after a 99-day deployment in the Middle East.

When he sneaks up to surprise his son, the boy dissolves into tears. The heartwarming video, shot on Feb. 22 at the family's home in Chesapeake, Virginia, has been watched more than 7 million times on Facebook —and captures a moment Alex will never forget.

Chief Petty Officer Sean Cullen surprises his son, Alex, after returning from the Middle East.J Cullen/YouTube

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