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Story ID:10487
Written by:Frederick William Wickert (bio, link, contact, other stories)
Story type:Story
Location:K-9 Air Force Base South Korea
Person:The Hart Brothers
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By Fred Wickert

In November of 1953 during the Korean War I was stationed in the Air Force in Okinawa with the 546th Ammo Supply Squadron Depot. It was said to be one of the three largest ammo storage areas in the world. I know that ships used to come in to White Beach seven to eleven at a time to be loaded from our supplies and it never seemed to diminish our supplies at all.

Suddenly about 2:30 one morning almost all of us were wakened and told to pack immediately. There was urgent need for us in Korea. We were boarding a plane in Kadena and took off before dawn on our way.

I ended up in the 75th Air Police Squadron, 75th Air Depot Wing in Korea at K-9 Air Base and that was to be my home for the next few months. When we got to know the other men we found a couple of surprises. Among them were the Hart brothers.

The Hart brothers were two very nice, very quiet, very good looking young men. The thing that was remarkable about them was that they looked identical to each other. That was because they were identical twins. They were both about six feet tall, both had red hair and both had freckles. The only way they could be told apart was that one had two stripes and the other had three stripes.

The Hart brothers were both married. There is nothing unusual about that except that their wives were identical twin sisters to each other. They told us they were married in a joint ceremony where the two of them got married at the same time. It was a double wedding of double twins.

The wives of both of the Hart brothers were both at home in the States and both of them were pregnant. One day a letter was received by each of the brothers. Each brothers letter was from his wife. Each of the letters had the identical message.

They were being informed that their wives each gave birth to a set of identical twins in the same room in the same hospital at exactly the same time.

I don't know if it ever got to Ripley's Believe it or Not but if it didn't, it should have. It should also have been placed in the Air Force Museum because I do not believe that has ever been duplicated by anyone before or since.

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