Vietnam vet finally meets daughter after 50 years of not knowing he was a father

Life has surprising ways to catch up on you, and for this 78-year-old veteran, it was the best gift he could ever hope for.

Gary Barnes, a Vietnam veteran living in California, had vowed to never have children. He stayed true to that vow until he got a call that would change the rest of his life. Soon after, he welcomed a daughter in his arms in a reunion he will never forget.

Barnes, much like most of the young men in his time, was asked to serve in Vietnam.

During his service in the Southeast Asian country, he spent his time in the neighboring nation of the Philippines for rest and respite. Naturally, for a lonely soldier and a man in his prime, he sought out the company of women. This led him to a lovely Filipina who he, unfortunately, had to leave when he was called back to service. It would be the last time he’d ever see or hear from her again.
Vietnam vet finally meets daughter after 50 years of not knowing he was a father

Fifty years later, a woman is on a mission of her own.
It all started when she submitted her DNA test to Ancestry.com. Olivia Robles’s only intention was to learn her true ethnicity. While she knows that she was born in the Philippines, she never knew much about her family’s life or the lineage before her.