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: Coroner Confirms Remains Found Are Gabby Petito's, Says Manner Of Death Is A Homicide As Search Resumes For Brian Laundrie
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: 7 Pedestrians Hurt After Being Struck By A Vehicle In The Bronx; Hunt Continues For Driver, Passenger
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: Blind Brook Board Meeting Gets Heated Over Continued Closure Of Ridge Street Elementary School
His birth father is also a veteran.