Man Surprises Military Best Friend After Three Years Apart

A military veteran was left screaming in shock when he was surprised with a heart-warming “brounion” by his best friend from his time overseas. John Taylor immediately dropped the water he was holding and jumped the arms of Justin Crockett, who he had not seen in more than three years – a moment that later went viral on social media. John, 53, a master sergeant combat medic with the U.S. Air Force, retired from active duty in 2008, before heading to Japan with his wife, Rachel, in 2012, as she was also in the Air Force at the time. It was during this time that he met Justin, 39, a chief master sergeant and security forces manager, and the pair became good friends. In 2015, however, John and Rachel were forced to head back to the U.S. because of health problems Rachel’s father was experiencing. They then settled in Melbourne, Florida, where John discovered a love of teaching and began working towards a college degree. For the next three years, John and Justin did not see each other. But when Justin heard John was graduating, he secretly flew from his new base in New Mexico to surprise John in Florida.
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Location: Melbourne, Florida, USA
  • Date Acquired04-13-2021
  • Date Filmed05-05-2018
  • OrientationVertical
  • Footage TypeCell Phone
  • Rights TV & Digital, Commercial, Publishing

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