A heart warming surprise reunion between a long-deployed military mother and her graduating daughter.
Navy Siblings Reunited After 30 Yrs
Cmdr. Cindy Murray and Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Robert Williamson lost touch as children. A brother and sister who both serve in the U.S. Navy and have been separated for the past 30 years were finally reunited at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) on Friday. In an emotional reunion, long lost siblings Cmdr. Cindy Murray and Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Robert Williamson came together for the first time in three decades. The siblings, originally from Denver, lost contact in the late 1970s after their parents split up and went in opposite directions. Williamson, about 6 years old at the time, remained with their father in Denver. Murray, about 14 at the time, moved away, losing touch with both her father and little brother.The brother and sister lost all contact and for the next 30 years they searched high and low for one another to no avail. Little did the siblings know that they had both enlisted in the U.S. Navy and were serving in the same state, less than 320 miles away from each other. Murray, a senior nursing officer, is assigned to NMCSD's Military Health Center. Williamson is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122 at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif. Finally, on Friday, the siblings got the reunion they had long been dreaming about. As Williamson and Murray reunited, Williamson greeted his sister with a Navy salute fit for a Commander followed by a long, heartfelt hug."It's my brother!" Murray screamed through tears. The pair were speechless as they embraced. They then walked hand-in-hand, both visibly overcome by emotions. Murray said she and her brother had tried for so long to find each other but, despite technology and social media, the pair just couldn't connect.