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50 Years Later, Vietnam Veteran Meets Daughter He Didn’t Know Existed

50 Years Later, Vietnam Veteran Meets Daughter He Didn’t Know Existed


THEY HAVE TO DIED IF THE FIRST AMENDMENT CAN OUT WAY EQUAL TREATMENT. I REMEMBER VOWING NOT TO HAVE CHILDREN, WHICH I DIDN’T. BUT GUESS WHAT? [ LAUGHTER ] YES, GUESS WHAT. THIS LOCAL VETERAN JUST GOT THE SURPRISE OF HIS LIFE AND HE COULD NOT BE HAPPIER ABOUT IT. AT 78 YEARS OF AGE GARY BARNS WAS LIVING A RELAXING FULFILLING LIFE. BUT HE FELT SOMETHING WAS MISSING. LITTLE DID HE KNOW THAT VOID WAS ABOUT TO BE FILLED IN A WAY HE NEVER EXPECTED. NEW TONIGHT, EMOTIONAL DISCOVERY THAT LED TO THE UNFORGETTABLE EMBRACE. THAT IS A PICTURE OF WHEN I DEPLOYED TO VIETNAM. Reporter: A HALF CENTURY AGO AND HALF A WORLD AWAY. GARY BARNS WOULD HEAD OUT ON THIS SHIP, ANSWERING A FAMILIAR CALL OF DUTY. I WAS SET BY MY COMMANDER AND CHIEF TO SERVE AND THAT IS WHAT I DID. Reporter: AND HE DID IT WELL. EARNING MEDALS AND RESPECT FOR HIS SERVICE IN VIETNAM. OH IT IS GREAT. Reporter: TODAY AT 78, HE EARNED HIS PATCH OF PARADISE IN GRASS VALLEY. I CAN SIT OUT HERE AND WATCH THE DEER COME THROUGH IN THE MORNING AND IN THE EVENING. Reporter: HE WILL BE THE FIRST TO TELL YOU THIS R&R IS DIFFERENT THAN HIS BRIEF MOMENTS OF RELAXATION DURING THE WAR. WHAT LITTLE TIME HE DID GET HE WOULD VENTURE OVER TO THE PHILIPPINES. I WAS IN THE PHILIPPINES FREQUENTLY DURING THAT TIME. Reporter: AND DURING THAT TIME, BARNS, LIKE SO MANY YOUNG AMERICAN MILITARY MEN, WOULD SEEK OUT COMPANY FROM A LOVELY LADY. THE WOMEN WERE BEAUTIFUL. FOR ME, I LIKE TO HAVE A GIRL FRIEND. A GIRL FRIEND. Reporter: ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL WOMEN WOULD KEEP A SECRET FROM GARY. IN FACT, SHE WOULD NEVER UTTER A WORD. 50 YEARS LATER A WOMAN HAS COME FORWARD. THIS IS OLIVIA. Reporter: SHE WAS ABOUT TO CHANGE HER WORLD FOREVER. IT BEGAN WITH A PHONE CALL AND A QUESTION. WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO DO A DNA TEST? I SAID SURE. Reporter: SHE HAD DONE FAMILY RESEARCH ON ANCESTRY AND FOUND A RELATIVE THAT LED HER TO THE MAN THAT SHE ALWAYS WANTED TO MEET. I AM OVER JOYED. I JUST ABSOLUTELY FEEL LIKE THIS IS A PART OF MY LIFE I NEVER HAD. Reporter: WE WERE THERE AS HE STARED OUT THE WINDOW TO HIS NEW WORLD, WAITING TO EMBRACE HIS DAUGHTER FOR THE FIRST TIME. THERE SHE IS. [ LAUGHTER ] [ LAUGHTER ] THIS IS TRULY A MIRACLE. I HAVE BEEN ON THIS QUEST FOR SO MANY YEARS SINCE I WAS 10 YEARS OLD. AND HERE WE FIND EACH OTHER AT AGE 50 AND 78. IT IS A MIRACLE. [ LAUGHTER ] I CAN NOT DESCRIBE IT. IT IS — [ LAUGHTER ] OH MY GOD. [ LAUGHTER ] HOW GREAT IS THAT? THEY BOTH HAD A CONNECTION LIKE THEY HAVE KNOWN EACH OTHER FOREVER. BY THE WAY GARY IS NOT ONLY A FATHER HE HAS THREE GRANDSONS AND ONE GREAT-GRANDSON. WHAT ABOUT THAT?


Reader Comments

  1. Thank you for your service Sir, and oh what a lovely daughter….happy trails, fair winds and following seas Sir…

  2. Feels good not to pay back time in child support. If told him he had to pay, poor woman would have walked into an empty room.

  3. This is wonderful and I have to say she looks amazing to be fifty! Just wow, she looked to be in her late twenties! Whatever her secret to looking so young and beautiful is, she needs to share her secret with me

  4. Just concentrate on that employee on point 2.45,the one behind the desk with blue shirt and tie,and small beard,look how much he is curious and interested to know what is the story ,he feels that some thing extra-ordinary miracle is there.I wish they told him the whole story.
    At 3.03 he is still looking at them curiously !!!

  5. I have a half-sister that I've never met I've known about her for 30 years what are passive just never crossed recently we started texting each other on messenger and I'm hoping some day that I get to meet her she's 3 years and 3 days younger than me I'll be 58 my next birthday and I'm hoping that someday I get to meet her, love you Paula

  6. I was over in Nam back in 65 to 67 when I came home in Aug of 67. I was on an ammo ship in and out of Subic bay while there and yes our Captain took the ship to Manila and we anshored way out in the bay and then took our LCVP to the landing where we all had a week or free leave and if we wanted we could come back to the ship. We even rented an entire floor of a hotel and yes we had several Ladies there with us. I am just 72 so my time might appear in another 6 years or so. hehehe

  7. The nations public housing projects are chock full of people who have never met their fathers. And probably never will.

  8. What a shit
    He didn't know that he had impregnated a girl
    Oh my goodness what is wrong with his belief
    Did the scriptures in the said Bible taught this

  9. Just happy old dudes happy thanks for all the shit you had to go through over there and I hope you guys have a great life also it's super awesome she doesn't have mixed feeling about not seeing him till he was 78

  10. Wonder if this guys baby momma withheld the fathers info from the daughter deliberately or actually did not know who was the baby daddy was.

  11. The Vietnam vet who met his daughter after 50 yes brought tears to my eyes, thanks for a Great story, no gloom and doom, no racial trouble like most U Tube clips, God Bless

  12. Last year I was surprised with a new daughter 47 years after she was born. What an awesome surprise and my two other daughters love having an older sister. It's never too late to have an addition to your life.

  13. Look at his photos he was truly a handsome man 😍 his pretty daughter looks like him what a happy reunion after 50 years.

  14. The Vietnam connection is fairly tenuous. He was perfectly safe on a ship and seems to have had frequent R&R in the Philippines. This could have happened 20 years ago under identical circumstances.

  15. How nice! A piece of quiet to reflect. Some of us Ground Dogs of War never did trips to Manila only to the Jungles. Nevertheless, happy the meeting of his daughter. I also left a daughter in Germany in Erlangen I never met. I have exhausted every Avenue to find her.

  16. american soldiers have many left behind children in the philippines. one of them is apl de ap of black eyed peas but he was adopted by an american man he was a kid, that's why he was raised in the US.

  17. Everybody's goin like, "What?! She's fifty??? She looks like she's thirty." You cowpokes grow old so fast you make us Asians look like we don't age at all. In high school I dated an American girl who's dad was stationed at Clark Airbase. We broke up after a year because people always mistook her for a white auntie of mine and she couldn't handle it anymore.

  18. Although its touching it's sad and disgusting to see these old geezers abandon their children, leaving them to live a fatherless life. Shame.
    It appears some of the old servicemen are doing it to be at peace with death.

  19. its bc0z she g0t mixed asian blood thats why she still lo0ks y0ung @ 50..m0st asian pe0ple l00ks m0re younger than their age..

  20. id be pretty pissed off if i found out i had a child out and never told. id track down the mother and ask why i wasnt told. why is ok for women to have sex with these men get pregnant but then dont tell them. but then they tell the child and the world hes a deadbeat. that sucks

  21. When America soldiers at Vietnam n bang some Vietnamese girls, this is what happened! !!!!

  22. She’s Eurasian that’s why she’s beautiful! I wonder if I have any children at Tokyo, Seoul, and Pusan they would be in their 60s!

  23. This old shit was a young GI that was stupid and careless like most of us that were there at the time. SUCH IS LIFE!

  24. My dad was in Vietnam and was in the Philippians alot too. I saw pics of him with lots of philopiano woman all over him. So of course I asked him you sure you don't have kids over there? He says no.

  25. This is certainly a miracle granted by Our Fatherso that this gentleman , who is approaching the later stages of life was able to meet the daughter ( as well as her children , etc.) that he never knew he had . Unfortunately this is one of the many vagaries of war that remain to the parties involved many long years after the wars are over . And the saddest part is that those most innocent in the entire set of circumstances are the ones who usually end up being hurt the most ! I pray for God's intervention for the most positive outcome in each and every such situation like this and hope that they may all be repaired with His Love .

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