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On April 6, 1917 TWO baby boys were born.


Saturday, April 06, 2013

One was the 7th of 9 children born to recent Lithuanian immigrants in the coal region of northeastern PA. The other was the 13th of 15 children born to a family whose ancestors had lived in rural VA for over 150 years.

That was also the day that the USA entered WWI.

The boys grew up in different environments, living very different lives although both weathered the depression and fought in WWII.

Both married, raised children and were blessed with grandchildren. Each saw their oldest grandchild go off to study at Virginia Tech where they met and married one year after graduation.

On April 6, 1997 these two men from diverse backgrounds celebrated their 80th birthday together. Besides a common birthdate, they now they shared a new great-grandson.



My Dad (Papa Frank) is on the left. My SIL’s grandfather (Grandpa Dee) is on the right. That was a happy day.

We discovered that the new baby’s parents had a lot in common too.
They were born exactly 9 months apart while their fathers were both stationed at Fort Eustis, Virginia before being shipped overseas. Neither was aware of the other.

Both babies were given engraved silver cups, traditional gifts from the army units at Fort Eustis. Now this matched set is displayed in their kitchen.



Happy 96th birthday, Papa Frank and Grandpa Dee.
You never anticipated how your paths would cross. We miss you.
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WATERMELLEN 4/7/2013 10:46AM

    What a touching story!!

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SUNSET09 4/7/2013 9:37AM

  emoticon We never know where our paths will take us. So touching and i'm sure, the have stories to tell. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KANOE10 4/7/2013 9:28AM

    Lovely story. I enjoyed it.

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/7/2013 9:20AM

    Very sweet.

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CELIAMINER 4/7/2013 9:19AM

    Wow, no six degrees of separation here! Beautiful story!

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HAYBURNER1969 4/6/2013 8:26PM

    I miss them. emoticon

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WILSONWR 4/6/2013 2:07PM

    What a great story full of unique coincidences. Thanks for sharing!

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BARBARAJ73 4/6/2013 12:05PM

    A wonderful and very special family story emoticon

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DAWN14163 4/6/2013 10:30AM

    Wow, what a great piece of family history! Very special....I love that they shared their 80th birthday celebrations. No such coincidences in my family!

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GINIEMIE 4/6/2013 9:41AM

    What a special story, it sent chills down my arms. How blest you all were to know these two men, with such amazing ties.
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DR1939 4/6/2013 8:58AM

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STR458 4/6/2013 8:44AM

    very C 0 0 L

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KELLIEBEAN 4/6/2013 8:28AM

    I love stories like this. Thanks for sharing.

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NELLJONES 4/6/2013 8:01AM

    What a lovely story!

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COCK-ROBIN 4/6/2013 7:54AM

    Wonderful!

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FITFOODIE806 4/6/2013 7:38AM

    What an incredible story! Such a special picture for the baby to have.

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SOPHIEDO13 4/6/2013 6:45AM

    That is just amazing !! Wonderful Picture.

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PMRUNNER 4/6/2013 6:20AM

    Great story! Thanks for sharing!

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