OCEAN COUNTY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – What started as a search for his birth father ended with much more for a veteran from New Jersey.
Staff Sg. Brian Darling, of Ocean County, served three tours with the U.S. Army in Iraq and Afghanistan.READ MORE: New Jersey Man Who Was Arrested On Child Porn Charges Allegedly Tried To Hire Hitman To Murder 14-Year-Old Child In New York
He was adopted when he was 12 years old, after his biological mother died. He never knew his father, until a recent DNA test connected the two together.READ MORE: Investigators Working To Determine Whether Johnson & Johnson Vaccine May Cause Blood Clots
Darling learned his military blood runs nearly 300 years deep and his family tree dates back to 1666.
“The service aspect just makes so much more sense. We have relatives that were in World War I, we have relatives that were in the Civil War, the War of 1812, the Revolution,” he said.MORE NEWS: Road To Reopening: Curfew For New York Restaurants & Bars Extended, Outdoor Dining Restrictions Eased In Connecticut
His birth father is also a veteran.