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Jerry Axsom, of Mitchell, hugs his sons Kaden, 10 (left), and Xavier, 5 (middle), and nephew Kobi Lutjens, 9, during a surprise reunion Thursday at John Paul II Elementary School in Mitchell. (Sean Ryan/The Daily Republic)

Military father surprises sons at Mitchell elementary school

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The holidays came early Thursday for Kaden and Xavier Axsom, of Mitchell.

In what was probably the best show-and-tell ever, the boys got to show off their dad, Petty Officer 1st Class Gerald “Jerry” Axsom — but only after being surprised by his unexpected appearance at a Thursday afternoon school assembly at John Paul II Elementary School in Mitchell.


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