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Posted: 8/22/2009
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

My husband did not know he was adopted at birth by the man he knows as his dad until he was 18. My husband turned 40 on August 6th. I am searching for my husband's biological father. What a great birthday present this would be!! He does not know my husband exists. My mother-in-law and Bill dated in 1967-1968. He was stationed at Chanutte Air Force Base in Rantool, Illinois. When my mother-in-law found out she was pregnant she called the base to let Bill know, however he was never told due to the fact he was being shipped out the next day to Vietnam. He was a pilot in the Air Force. My mother-in-law stated that his plane went down over Laos and that he was an MIA, however, I cannot find any record or information stating this. He was originally from Boston, MA according to my mother-in-law. I, however, cannot find anyone by his name in Boston. There is a Harvey William from Glousecter, MA and one from Winchester, MA and one from Kansas City, MO. My mother-in-law believes his birthday is 5/11/1949 but is not sure. She does know he is 59-60 years of age. If we find him and it turns out that Bill is no longer with us, or would not like to meet Tim, then my gift to my husband will be closure. I'm not sure how to begin the conversation with Bill to let him know he has a son he never knew existed.

When I first contacted Search Quest America I expected the search to take months to solve. I was shocked when Julie Jones, SQA researcher, called me back just a few weeks later to tell me that Bill had been found, alive and well, living in Oklahoma. First, Julie found Bill's ex-wife's phone number. When she called the number she was caught off guard--BIll answered the phone! He was visiting his daughter for the weekend, and though he had no idea he had a son, he was very open to write him a letter or drop him an email. He provided Julie with contact information and when Bill went home a few days later, he gave me a call. We arranged for him to call my husband's cell phone at 6 pm on his birthday. I gathered the whole family around and told my husband I had a special surprise for him. You should have seen the look on his face when his phone rang and he heard the words, "Hi Tim, this is your father. I hear you've been looking for me." Tim's face went pale, then flushed, and he got more emotional than I have ever seen him. Needless to say, it was the best birthday present ever.

I'm not sure where things will go from here. I anticipate that they will have a wonderful relationship and that Tim will be welcomed into the family at long last. Either way, this is the beginning of a new adventure for both of them--Tim doesn't know what its like to have a father, and Bill doesn't know what its like to have a son. I can't believe it was so easy to find him! If I had known it would be so quick I would have done this years ago. I am grateful for Search Quest America--everyone I talked to was so genuine and helpful. Thanks so much for giving Tim the best birthday present ever!

(Written by Mica Burton on Kay's behalf.)

Client ID# 233375
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