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After 60 years of friendship, they learned they're biological brothers

Thursday - 28/12/2017 05:14
Walter Macfarlane was born in 1943 in Honolulu. Still reeling from the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Honolulu in the early 1940's was a turbulent town, full of air raids, blackouts and scores of military personnel.

(CNN) - Seventy-four-year-old Walter Macfarlane and 72-year-old Alan Robinson have been friends for more than 60 years. Born in Honolulu, they first met in elementary school, played high school football together and joke they could have married the same girl. They sent their children to the same schools they attended and vacationed together as families.

 
Walter Macfarlane, left, was friends for 60 years with Alan Robinson before they learned they are brothers.


Walter Macfarlane, left, was friends for 60 years with Alan Robinson before they learned they are brothers.
But it wasn't until Macfarlane recently began using DNA ancestry tests to search for his long-lost birth father that he uncovered an even bigger surprise: Robinson is actually his biological brother.
"I knew it when we compared hairy forearms!" jokes Macfarlane.
"That's true. How did we go for 60 years without knowing we were related?" adds Robinson with a chuckle. "It took those DNA tests and some really good sleuthing by our families to put it all together."

'It was a crazy time ... '


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