91-year-old twins from Lexington have spent nearly every day together, including time in WWII
A unique story nearly a century in the making! A set of 91-year-old twins, born and raised in the Midlands, have spent nearly every day of their lives together – including while serving in World War II.
And after 91 years together, the two are still inseparable.
Hampton and Raymond Caughman were born just 15 minutes apart.
“We were close. We lived together, slept together in the same bed for many, many years,” Raymond said.
Drafted in 1945 and deployed to Shanghai during World War II, both worked in the Signal Center transcoding messages in Morse Code.
Hampton says this was comforting because “at least we were together. We knew where each one was, wasn’t concerned about him, you know? Got three promotions and got all them at the same time. Came home together, same time.”
After returning home, Raymond started the Lexington State Bank just a few blocks from Hampton’s business, The Red and White Grocery Store, on Columbia Avenue in Lexington.
Hampton says he was the first business owner, white business owner in Lexington, to hire a black employee.
If working on the same street wasn’t close enough, the two eventually built homes right across the street from one another and just feet away from their childhood home.
“If he doesn’t like something, he’ll go on his side of the road and I’ll stay on this side of the road,” Raymond said.
Raymond’s daughter, Mandy Derrick, says that doesn’t happen often.
“They have been very close their whole life. When you see one, you usually see the other,” Derrick said.
Not only were Hampton and Raymond born in the same house, their mother gave birth to all 10 of her children in their childhood home in Lexington, including another set of twins.