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Marine Returns Home, Friends Lift Garage Door After ‘Tweaking’ Rusty Old Truck Behind His Back

by Amy Paige
Amy is the Director of Trending Content at LittleThings. After graduating from Florida State University with a creative writing degree, she moved straight to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She loves discovering and sharing viral videos, watching movies with her Muppet-like poodle mix named Cali, and doing the robot whenever possible.

Good friends are hard to find. The guy you’re about to meet is lucky enough to have more than one.

Kaeleb Mattix was excited to come back home to Greenville, Michigan, after completing his Marine Corps Boot Camp.

His best friends couldn’t wait for his return, either.

Kaeleb’s friends describe him as someone who will always go out of his way to help others, so they wanted to do something nice for him in return.

Right after high school graduation, Kaeleb bought an ’04 Chevy Silverado Duramax. It had a ton of miles on it, lots of rust and damage, and the heat was broken.

Still, the run-down old truck became Kaeleb’s true pride and joy.

Two weeks before his highly anticipated homecoming, Kaeleb’s best friends had concocted a secret plan — one that would require a lot of time, a lot of manpower, and a lot of money.

In the clip below, see the surprise that had this Marine “crying like a little baby.”

Footage provided by WXMI Grand Rapids

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