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Marine surprises brother with Sherwood Middle School Christmas visit

by: Ray Pitz, CHRISTMAS SURPRISE — U.S. Marine Christopher Kluser visits his younger brother, Nick, Tuesday at Sherwood Middle School during a surprise visit. Christopher told his brother he wouldn’t be home until the summer.

SHERWOOD - Sherwood Middle School student Nick Kluser didn't expect to see his older brother, Christopher, until next summer.

That's because the 24-year-old U.S. Marine has been busy in Iraq, serving as a machine gunner, where he's frequently out in the elements traveling in a Humvee or on foot.

So imagine the surprise when the two met in the Sherwood Middle School cafeteria Dec. 18.

Nick was shooting baskets in the gym when Christopher arrived. When they saw each other, they embraced and both had to wipe tears from their eyes.

'I told him I wouldn't come home until sometime before the Fourth of July,' Christopher explained.

Nick, a seventh-grader, said he was surprised to see his brother, a 2002 Sherwood High School graduate.

James Kluser, the boys' father, said Nick looks up to his older brother, idolizing him 'so much he shaves his head.'

On the day of his visit, Nick was wearing a camouflage jacket and an official Marine T-shirt.

Also accompanying the brothers was another brother, Michael, who lives in Beaverton.

Nick said he hopes to someday join the Marines as well.

After checking Nick out of school for the day, Christopher said he had to take him to an orthodontic appointment, followed by an afternoon of bowling, a favorite activity of the pair.