It was a much anticipated reunion for eighty crew members and their loved ones as the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dauntles made its way into Galveston. The crew had been off at sea and they last saw their families back in early November.

The Crew missed Thanksgiving and Christmas but on Tuesday there were plenty of smiles and hugs to go around.

A fly-over by the a U.S. Coast Guard Chopper, balloons and welcome home banners. The crew aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless finally reunited with their loved ones after being away since early November.

"Just happy to be home," said Jeffrey Smith, Yeoman for the U.S. Coast Guard.

Smith was all smiles as he hugged his two little boys. This year was especially tough.

"I missed both my boy's birthdays, I missed my wife's graduation from college, I missed Thanksgiving and missed Christmas," said Smith.

To top it off, Smith is celebrating his birthday. His wife, Theresa, has a lot in store for the days ahead.

"(We're going to) celebrate their birthdays we're going to open all our Christmas gifts we have a lot of catching up to do," said Theresa Smith.

During those weeks at sea, the 80 crew members were protecting U.S. waters from illegal activity like drugs and keeping an eye out for undocumented immigrants.

"Helped out with the drug busts while we were out there so (we) did the Coast Guard mission," said Smith.

Captain, Jim Andrews, says they encountered some rough seas while on their mission yet they created found memories.

"We had Thanksgiving underway and we had Christmas Santa swap underway so we're kind of like another family here when we're out (at sea)," said Capt. Andrews.

As the crew can tell you, nothing beats being home with loved ones.

Even though they missed out on Thanksgiving and Christmas, they will be together to ring in a new year. The crew will be home for the next couple of months before they head back out to sea for another mission.