AKRON, Ohio - Staff Sgt. Darrell Stamps has spent nine years in the U.S. Army. He has fought the war on terror in both Iraq and Afghanistan. But for his son D.J. in Akron, Stamps' most meaningful deployment came Wednesday morning when he made a surprise visit from his base in Washington state to walk the 5-year-old to school.
Stamps chose Wednesday because it was the annual Fathers Walk. In cities across the country, one million fathers walked their children to school to emphasize the importance of dads in their kids' lives.
"I wanna be somebody they can look up to and say, 'my dad was there every chance he got the opportunity to,'" Darrell Stamps said.
Stamps grew up on the west side of Akron and joined the Army shortly after graduation from Buchtel High School. He walked his son to kindergarten Wednesday at Portage Path Elementary, the same school he attended as a young boy. Stamps has another son, Davon, age 4.
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