Brothers reunited after 80 years

August 17th, 2012 - 6:49 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Aug 17 (IANS) Two brothers in the US - aged 82 and 84 - who were separated when one was sent to an orphanage aged two have finally been reunited after 80 years.

Ed Muir, 84, travelled from his home in Naples, Florida to Fargo, North Dakota to see his 82-year-old brother, Kenneth Corcoran, after Corcoran’s family tracked him down using the internet, the Daily Mail reported.

The boys were split up after their mother died in 1932 and their father feared he could not afford to raise them. Muir and another brother stayed at home in Chicago, while Corcoran and two more siblings were sent to an orphanage.

The three siblings who were sent to the orphanage changed their names and were raised in different states. Corcoran grew up in North Dakota.

The three other siblings - two brothers and a sister - have all since died.

Both the brothers served in the military. Muir joined the Air Force in 1946, and later worked as an electrician until 1987, and moved to Naples, Florida in 1997.

Corcoran also joined the navy as a young man, and later worked as a railroad lineman.

Corcoran’s daughter, Pam Gregerson, spent nine years trying to track down her father’s siblings’ names, birth dates and hometowns.

She only realised years into the search that Corcoran changed his surname to that of his mother’s maiden name.

Gregerson’s teenage son Alex later found him on the internet. They spoke with Muir on the phone and booked plane tickets.

“Eighty years is a long time being separated. It’s sad to think of all those lost years. I don’t know how to make up for it. I just told him I’m glad we were able to get in touch with one another,” Muir said.

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