Marine spends first Father's Day at home with child

June 17, 2012 8:48:32 PM PDT
A young Houston father spent his first Father's Day with his daughter Sunday after serving our country in war.

Gerad Doyal and his daughter Aubrey are what you'd call two peas in a pod.

"He's very, very proud of her and she's so much like him in so many ways," Doyal's mother, Alisa Tolleson, said. "And for them to just now begin their relationship, it's wonderful to see how she imitates him already."

For the first time, the 22-year-old U.S. Marine and his 19-month-old girl spent Father's Day as a family.

"She's a handful," Doyal said.

When Aubrey was born and when Father's Day came and went last year, Doyal was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.

'That was an experience, to say the least. We had a couple wounded, but nothing too terribly bad," Doyal said.

Doyal is enjoying his latest experience a little more: watching his young child grow one day at a time.

"I got to watch her take her first steps and say her first words. And that was pretty crazy," Doyal said.

And it's those little moments that he and his mother don't ever take for granted.

"He's home and he's healthy and safe and enjoying his time with her," Tolleson said.

Doyal is now out of the military and works in the construction industry. He and little Aubrey spent Sunday swimming, barbecuing and relaxing with other Marines who served overseas.

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