Marine Veteran Meets Daughter After More Than Sixty Years | 22 Words

A father and daughter who spent more than half a century apart found each other through a DNA testing site and got together to celebrate on July 4th.

Get your tissues at the ready because this is just too much!

Marine Corps veteran Thomas Williams, eighty-one, finally got to meet his sixty-two-year-old daughter, Tylin Rosser as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren face-to-face.

According to CBS News, Williams and Rosser really bonded with each other when they finally met up:

"I think about you all the time. I always did," Williams said as he hugged Rosser for the first time ever.

"I'm here," Rosser replied to him.

"God answers prayers," Williams then said.

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When Williams was stationed in the Philippines, he had a relationship with a woman resulting in him fathering a child, whom he knew about through one of his friends.

"A friend of mine in the Marines showed me a picture and I didn't know whether it was a little girl or boy because it was so small, and he said 'this is your baby'," Williams recalled.

Williams also said he didn't keep anything from his American-born children about his additional daughter.

"I told you about Tylin years ago!" Williams said to his other daughter, Dana Williams.

It took Williams sixty-two years though because he didn't know how to find his child.

Rosser had no idea the man she grew up with wasn't her biological father until he passed away. It was hidden from her up until the moment her mom confessed shortly before her own passing.

"She had dementia, and she was in several stages then, but when I asked her was he my biological father, all she could remember was just, 'William,'" she explained.

Well, after Rosser lost 2 very important people in her life, she wanted to find her birth father and her daughter knew just the thing - a DNA test from Ancestry.com.

"I got some information maybe about 6 weeks later saying, Carla Minor Williams was a cousin or close relative," Rosser exclaimed. "I said that must be the 'William' my mom was always saying."

Carla was a relative, along with Williams' other children - confirmed with the DNA test that Rosser's daughter bought.

When the father-daughter pair met, they arranged a virtual greeting at first and then, Williams' American-born children began to plan something that would change the pair's life forever.

This surprise brought Tylin, her children, and her grandchildren from their Ohio home to Alabama for the 4th of July holiday.

The pair caught up on the little things with each other, talking about her life and his station in the Philippines.

"I got that when I was in Subang Bay," Williams said as he pointed to a tattoo on his arm.

Williams also opened up with his daughter about tragedies in his life.

"My mother got terminally ill; that's the only reason I didn't come back there, but then after that, I didn't know how to find you," Williams explained to Rosser.

So, after sixty-two years, Rosser finally met her father! How heartwarming!