ROCHESTER, Minn. – After 50 years of not having a name, address or even photo, a daughter can say she knows who her father is. After Wednesday, she can say she’s met him.
With help from her coworker, Lan Do turned to Ancestry.com for answers. The only thing she knew about her father was that he served in Vietnam, where she was born.
After taking a DNA test, she found his name and they started communicating.
“My dad called me,” Do said. “He called me, first time he told me, 'Hi, child. How are you doing today?'”
Finally on Wednesday, an emotional embrace 50 years in the making. As a father travels from California to connect with a daughter he didn’t know he had, and even meet his grandchildren for the first time.
“I knew that I had had a relationship with a person in Vietnam,” Wayne Brown, Do’s father, said. “And I had spent the last, oh, 50 years trying to forget about Vietnam. And this comes up and it just – it brings it back but it brings it back in a different kind of way, kind of in a good way.”
A father and daughter finally getting to know one another at a reunion that was long overdue.
The family has the rest of the week to spend together, as Brown said he’ll return back to California on Mon., May 7.