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Brothers reunite after seven decades apart

Brothers Reunite After Seven Decades Apart

After more than seven decades apart, two brothers have reunited. According to USA Today, last month Frank and John Holland saw each other for the first time in nearly seventy years, but their story really begins almost eighty years ago.



In the mid 1940s, around the age of five and six, the two boys were separated during their parents divorce. Little Francis and his mother hitch-hiked across the country until she eventually abandoned him in Ohio, where someone brought him to an orphanage. His father jumped boxcar to boxcar with John, or Junior as he was called then, and tracked Francis down, and left both his sons at the Belmont Children's Home. They stayed there for a number of years, but in their early teens they were separated again.

Francis went to live with an aunt while Junior, the older boy, remained in the children's home until he came of age. Then he joined the navy. The siblings completely lost contact... until this month.

While getting treatment for skin cancer in California, Frank, 83, told a nurse about wanting to see his brother again. The nurse put him contact with a lab assistant who used to work as a private eye, and she managed to locate John's son. Frank called, and John's son put his father on the phone.

The brothers organized a reunion, and two weeks ago the long lost siblings saw each other face to face. Frank, who has no children and recently lost his wife, said not only did he find his brother, he found a whole new family.

This isn't the first reunion in recent months. Just last February, five siblings who were separated at birth were finally reunited after 50 years. But get this - two of the siblings had been crossing paths for years, completely unaware of their connection. One brother was a frequent customer at the same Walmart where his sister worked. Apparently she had greeted him countless times.

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