Tad Docke Dennis, 32, Murray, and his brother, Ty, 30, Magna, were born two years apart, and they entered the U.S. Army within two years of each other.

But Thursday, Jan. 31, the time span was narrowed for another important event involving the two Salt Lake-area men and their wives.On that day, Tad's wife, Marsi, and Ty's wife, Denise, gave birth to baby boys about 12 hours apart at St. Mark's Hospital.

Patrick Mel Dennis was delivered at 7:56 a.m. by Caesarean section, weighing in at 7 pounds 12 ounces and measuring 20 1/2 inches long.

Tad and Marsi have two other sons, Brandon, 7, and Beau, 6, and a daughter, Madison, 4.

Prestin Morgan Dennis arrived at 8:55 p.m. the same day. He weighed 5 pounds 12 ounces and was 18 1/2 inches long. The baby's parents have another son, Justin, 2.

The babies, who at birth were exactly 2 inches different in length and 2 pounds apart in weight, were delivered by the same physician, Dr. Jeffery Quinn, and will have the same pediatrician, Dr. Burt Stanga.

The birth time for Patrick and Prestin was not only a pleasant surprise for the new parents but for grandparents Tad and Betty Dennis, Salt Lake City; Marsi's mother, Patricia Angelbuer, Arlington, Texas; and Denise's parents, Patricia and Arthur Janke, Pleasant View, Weber County.

"We have been excited with the arrival of all our other grandchildren, but it was not quite like having two babies born so close together." In some ways it was like having twins, said an excited Tad Dennis. The new arrivals make 12 grandchildren for him and his wife.

"We are all feeling great now, but it was a hectic experience for us," Tad Docke Dennis said. "None of this (timing of the births) was planned. It was kind of ironic."

Both babies are doing well. Denise and Ty Dennis' baby, who was born a month before his due date, was kept in the hospital two nights after birth. Marsi Dennis and her baby were released Sunday from the hospital.

"My wife and I are also excited and happy to have another son. We are relieved that the baby is OK and that we were able to bring him home," Ty Dennis said Monday.