Veteran Friends Surprise Reunion After 15 Years

A stunned Air Force veteran jumps out of his seat screaming in shock as he’s surprised by one of his military best friends who he hadn’t seen in 15 years. John Taylor, 54, had no idea what was about to happen as he sat chatting to his wife, Rachel, 41, at an indoor karting center in Orlando, Florida, on July 24. With Rachel secretly recording, John’s friend Ron Leenim, 39, slowly crept up behind his pal, giving him a tap on the shoulder. As John turned around, he noticed a familiar face and let out a scream of excitement before giving his friend a huge hug. Ron and John met at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, in 2003, after John and Rachel had returned from serving in Kuwait. In May 2004 John and Rachel married - but a few months later, Ron moved to Patrick Air Force Base, and after a brief reunion in 2005, the families lost touch because Ron is not active on social media. Recently, though, Rachel’s friend, who had introduced the family to Ron, hosted a birthday party. She added Ron to the group and, to the friend’s surprise, he travelled eight hours to attend the event. Hearing this news, Rachel got ahold of Ron’s number, and discovered he had retired from the Air Force and was now living in Orlando to be close to his family. When Rachel and John were visiting the city, she reached out to him to ask if he would be willing to surprise his old friend, which he duly obliged.
Release Status:
TV & Digital
Location: Orlando, Florida, USA
  • Date Acquired08-02-2021
  • Date Filmed07-24-2021
  • OrientationVertical
  • Footage TypeCell Phone
  • Rights TV & Digital, Commercial, Publishing

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