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Revs: "York County resident Jennifer Miller's family lured her to the York Revolution game under the pretext that she'd be throwing out a ceremonial first pitch to honor her son, USMC Corporal Shane Miller," who was deployed to Asia. As far as she knew ... York Revolution, York Dispatch

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Jennifer Miller had always secretly hoped she would receive a military homecoming surprise like she has seen on the Internet. But that is just unrealistic, she thought.

Yet at Tuesday's York Revolution game, lured onto the field for an alleged ceremonial first pitch to honor her son, U.S. Marine Corp. Shane Miller, a seemingly unknown catcher brought the Dallastown native's wish to life as he took off his mask.

"I thought it was a bad pitch, so I was going to shake the catcher's hand and say 'sorry,'" Miller said, as she recounted the moment before Shane took off his mask. "Then I was flooded with emotion. I grabbed ahold (of him) and held on for dear life, because it was hard to believe it was actually him."

Shane had been stationed in Okinawa, Japan, for the past two years, where he and his mother were only able to contact each other about every other month.

Now 23 years old, he graduated from Dallastown Area High School four years ago and immediately enlisted in the Marine Corps, something he had always wanted to do.

Although Jennifer constantly missed her son while he was gone, she knew the Marines would take care of Shane and keep him safe. After all, her grandfather and nephew were also Marines.

"I knew he was taken care of," Jennifer said. "But when that phone would ring at an odd hour of the day, your heart drops because you don't know if it was a good call or a bad call."

But Shane thought he'd surprise more than just his mother on Tuesday.

His maternal grandparents also had no idea he had returned. After the game, Jennifer played a trick on her parents by telling them she wanted to show them pictures of the game.

Shane then walked through the back door, giving his grandparents the same loving surprise that his mother received earlier that day.

Now that he's back in York county, Shane for now plans to stay in Dallastown and get back into his civilian life, Jennifer said. And she knows what the two will do first.

"The one thing I'm dying to do is bring him a good meal, sit down, watch some movies and just hangout," she said. "We don't even have to talk. Only if he wants to."

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.               

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