Military twins reunited at Tulsa International Airport


Friday, January 9th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


We've all seen the tears of joy as soldiers reunite with loved ones at the airport. Often, it's only a short leave. And before they know it, the families have to say goodbye all over again.

Here on the home front, that's the case for a local family. But as News on 6 reporter Heather Johnson explains, this time there's a twist.

It's been more than two years since Army Specialist Julie Moore has seen her Navy Airman sister. "It's exciting to see her, I'm kind of antsy." Both were able to arrange leave at the same time.

Julie just arrived from Baghdad, then the family gathered to await Jennifer's return from a base on the east coast. "Kinda anxious and scared but it's really great." After an excruciating wait and a few false spottings. "I know the way she walks, that's her, no."

Finally, word came. Diane Williamson, mom: "Okay, love you too. They just landed." As part of a bond few people get to share, Julie would be hard pressed to find a happier moment than when after being separated for months, she saw her own face staring back at her.

Julie and Jennifer are identical twins, leading surprisingly similar lives. Both joined the military, both met their husbands in boot camp, and being apart for so long has been unbearable.

Jennifer: "Because we've experienced everything together and not being able to have birthday parties together or anything it's just hard."

Julie: "When I do something good I want her there so bad out of anybody, I always want here there I think of her every day."

Julie is home for 8 days, Jennifer ships out in two weeks. Both had an identical thought when asked what's the plan. “To spend as much time together as we can, to do everything together."

Both sisters' husbands are serving overseas as well, one in Iraq. And Heather tells us there was one cute moment while everyone was waiting at the airport.

Julie was very nervous trying to spot her sister and said she didn't know what to look for, her Mom said just look for yourself.