U.S. Soldier Hops Around On 10 Different Flights To Make It Home In Time To See Daughter’s Birth

Updated January 10, 2018

Witnessing the birth of their first child is a moment that most husbands don’t want to miss. While it can be a stressful and scary time, it is a miracle and a moment that gets imprinted on memory forever. One U.S. soldier proved just how badly he wanted to be there when his wife gave birth to their baby girl. The baby girl was due when Francois Clerfe was stationed in Iraq, working as a combat engineer in the U.S. Army.

It took ten flights, but Clerfe managed to make it back to Monterrey, California to be by his wife’s side for the special moment. He took advantage of a special policy in his battalion that allowed him to be home to support his wife, Natalia Svistunova.

“Kuwait, to Turkey, to Turkey to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to Baltimore, Baltimore to Atlanta,” Clerfe recounted of his long trip back to the West Coast. “It was fun and exciting at the same time, you know the thrill of thinking the ‘what-ifs.'”

The entire trip spanned thousands and thousands of miles but Clerfe proved there is no distance that he wouldn’t go to be there with his wife and new baby girl. As the first baby born in 2018 in the Community Hospital of the Monterrey Peninsula, Julia arrived at 9:53 am on New Year’s Day. Evidently, baby Julia was just as excited to see her daddy as he was to see her considering she came eight days early. She wasn’t due until January 9th. Maybe she was testing her dad to see just how swift of an entrance he could make.

Svistunova admitted that she had no fear of her husband missing the big day.

“You know I had the feeling that he would make it because he really wanted to be here, next to us,” she said.

Before Clerfe has to return to his post in a month, the newly expanded family will spend some well-deserved quality time together.

“That moment, having a first kid into the world on the very first day of the New Year, I think that it’s going to be a very good year,” Clerfe said.

We have no doubts that fatherhood is going to come easily to Clerfe, as he has already proven that he has the dedication and desire to be there for his family.

Commenters applauded the soldier for his dedication to his family…

“Determination to be there. Great story you’ll be able to tell your daughter.”

So many new dads in the military have had to miss their baby’s birth due to the restrictions of their assignments.

“Glad he was able to be there with his wife for the birth. Far too many servicemen are not there due to the contingencies of military duty. Hope the family prospers!”

“So glad you were able to move heaven and earth to be there. Enjoy stay safe and Thanks for doing the dirty job few stand up to do.”

“Well done Sergeant, well done. You did what it took to get home to your family.”