Coming from a family with four other brothers, a sister and eight half-siblings, Troy Moses may have forgotten a family member’s birthday or two over the years. But he likely never forgot his brother Reece’s birthday. Nor brother Wayne’s for that matter. Both brothers were born Aug. 26, the same day as Troy.

But they aren’t triplets.

Reece, the eldest turns 80 today. Wayne, 77, and Troy 75.

Troy, a Whitfield County resident for more than 30 years, grew up in Etowah, Tenn., where he was returning Saturday for a birthday party.

“My mother always had a birthday (party) for all of us. She would make a cake with a big layer, a medium layer and small layer,” he recalled.

Moses says the people of Etowah thought the fact that having three brothers born on the same day years apart was noteworthy enough to contact the people behind Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, and the three brothers got a mention in the nationally syndicated cartoon series devoted to the unusual.

“At that time, it seemed like they said it happens in every 36,000 or 37,000 families. I don’t know about that,” he said.

But Moses says he’s never met another set of brothers born on the same day “except twins.”

His wife Martha said she’s never heard of three brothers born on the same day, either.

Moses’s family owned a farm, and he recalls working from “daylight to dark.”

“And sometimes before daylight. I got up in the dark to milk cows,” he said.

“When I was about 17 or 18, I knew this was not for me. I said ‘I am not following mule for the rest of my life,’” he said.

He enlisted in the Army when he was 19.

“At that time, you had to have a high school education to stay in. I knew I wanted to stay in, but at that time I didn’t have enough education,” he said.

So after serving two years, he left the Army and earned his GED on the GI Bill and rejoined the Army.

“I rejoined in about 1958 and stayed in until 1976,” he said.

Moses traveled the world in the Army, spending time in South Korea, Panama and Germany, among other countries, and doing three tours in Vietnam.

He served in the quartermaster’s corps in food service.

He started off doing basic kitchen work, served as a chef at Fort McPherson and at one time oversaw five different mess halls.

Moses was schedule to travel back to Etowah Saturday for a birthday party with his two brothers. But he says they typically don’t make a big deal out of the day.

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