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Local sailor meets his first baby for first time

U.S. Navy Corpsman Darin Buckley U.S. Navy Corpsman Darin Buckley

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A local sailor comes back from his first deployment to meet his first baby for the first time. It's a welcome home that's sure to tug at your heartstrings.

U.S. Navy Corpsman Darin Buckley of Wahiawa flew into the Honolulu International Airport Monday.

After nearly eight months overseas, all the anxiety and anticipation over meeting his baby daughter melted away.

"She's beautiful! She's perfect, everything I could wish for," said Buckley.

It's a moment Buckley has been waiting for since he first found out he was going to be a father.

"Being there in Afghanistan, it kept me busy but I can't forget the day that I was told she was born, I was on patrol it was just amazing and the guys huddled around me and gave me high five's and took a lot of pictures, but being here right now and seeing her for the first time, it's just, I can't put into words," he said.

Buckley was deployed only a few weeks before his wife, Derell, learned she was pregnant. He missed out on the day the world welcomed little Peyton. With her brave father finally home safe, the family is complete.

"I am so excited, it's been almost seven and a half months and with him not being there for the pregnancy I had to stay strong but I'm so excited and thankful," said Derell.

And judging by the look on the Buckley's precious new addition to the family, although only 2 months old, it appears Peyton feels the same.

Darin is stationed in San Diego. Derell stayed in Hawaii so she could be close to family during her pregnancy.

The happy couple will be heading back to San Diego in two weeks. And they're crossing their fingers Darin won't be called for duty for another year. That way, they can catch up on lost time.

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