NORTH CAROLINA – Two newly acquainted Brooklyn-born sailors who discovered they were brothers only two days before they were deployed together to Iraq (search) are planning a huge family reunion days after they return.
Albert Hendrick Jr. (search), 23, and big brother Sean Hurley, 26 — now roommates in Iraq — discovered by chance that they share the same dad, as they prepared to ship out from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina in February.
Now the brothers' wives are making plans with the dad, Albert Hendrick Sr. (search), for a three-generation family gathering and cookout the weekend after the brothers return home later this year.
It will be the first time Hendrick Sr., a former Brooklyn bus driver now living in North Carolina, has seen Hurley since his mom whisked him from New York to St. Croix in the Virgin Islands when he was 4.
"I am just going to hug him and kiss him when I see him," Hendrick Sr. said.
"I just want to look at him. Looking at a picture is one thing but seeing him in person is something else. I had it in my mind I would never see him again. I'm just so excited."
Hendrick Sr. said he had 12 kids — to 12 different mothers — from age 13 to his mid-30s.
"I ain't proud to say that, but it's true," he said.
Hurley and Hendrick Jr. -- who look remarkably alike and have similar personalities despite having different moms and being reared far away from each other -- discovered their link while playing cards together only a week after meeting.
The families are convinced the brothers were destined to find each other and have also discovered they missed each other by a matter of months when both were stationed at different times at another naval base in Bethesda, Md.
"I really just think it must have been pre-determined for them to meet," Hendrick Jr.'s wife, Theresa, said. "There's too many coincidences."
Hurley's wife, Tonnyann, agreed, adding that her husband wasn't even supposed to go to Iraq but replaced someone else at the last minute, paving the way to meet the brother he'd never seen.
"Everything happens for a reason," she said.
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