Sunshine: Tuesday October 1, 2013

Billy T —  Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A long-lost brother and sister were reunited after 30 years apart on Friday – and discovered they both serve in the U.S. Navy!



The siblings, Cmdr. Cindy Murray and Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Robert Williamson, met up at Naval Medical Center San Diego. The two were originally from Denver but lost contact in the late 1970s when their parents divorced.

Williamson, about 6 years old at the time, remained with their father in Denver, and Murray, about 14 at the time, moved away with their mother. They lost all contact with each other and for years they tried to track each other down. Little did they know that they had both enlisted in the Navy and were serving in the same state!

About two months ago Murray contacted her estranged father, who gave her Williamson’s information. “I got my chief and said, ‘Find his name, this is my brother!’” said Murray. Within 15 minutes, the two were connected via phone.

Through frequent phone conversations, they realized they had more in common than their Navy service. “We both love Goldfish crackers and we both love the same types of TV shows,” Murray said.

They finally got to meet face-to-face last week and it was an emotional moment. The siblings plan to see each other as much as possible going forward. We salute them!