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Emotional Homecoming Of Fallen Soldier Goes Viral (Video)

| by Kathryn Schroeder
Shawn and T.J. Thomas with their childrenShawn and T.J. Thomas with their children

The emotional goodbye a military wife experienced with her husband's coffin at the airport was captured by a passenger on the plane that carried his body (video below).

When plane personnel asked Lisa Williams and all other passengers to stay in their seats so someone could get off of the plane first, she recorded what came next from the plane's window, WPVI reports.

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The video shows Green Beret soldiers unloading a flag-draped coffin from the cargo hold, and a woman approaching the casket and placing her hand on it. She then is seen resting her head against it, and stays in that position for several seconds. The woman keeps one hand on the casket and appears to be very emotional, not wanting to leave the casket's side.

Others soon join the woman in mourning. Green Berets are then seen loading the casket into a hearse.

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The sound of Williams crying and sniffling is heard in the background of the video.

Williams shared the video on her Facebook on Feb. 14 with the caption: "It was an honor to fly home with this PATRIOT! God bless his wife and family. There was not a dry eye around me."

The post has since gone viral, with more than 144,000 shares and over 39,000 reactions. It also reached the woman who is in the video.

T.J. Thomas said goodbye to her husband Shawn that day. She contacted Williams to thank her for sharing the video of her final goodbye to her husband, WPVI reports. Shawn leaves behind T.J. and their four young children.

Shawn died from injuries he sustained in Niger from a non-combat vehicle crash on Feb. 2, a U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesman told the Army Times. Shawn's awards and decorations include two Bronze Stars, four Good Conduct Medals and various decorations for service abroad. For his work in Niger, he was posthumously awarded a Meritorious Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal.

Shawn was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on Feb. 16, WPVI reports.

Sources: Lisa West Williams/Facebook, WPVI, Army Times / Photo credit: Woodward News Obituaries via Daily Mail