Tuesday, April 26, 2016

'One of the best days of my life': Vietnam veterans who hadn't talked for decades recreate 50-year-old photo of the days before they were shipped out to war

Via David

Then and now: Both photos show (clockwise from left) Dennis Puleo, now 69; Tom Hanks, 69; Bob Falk, 71; and Bob DeVenezia, 70. The original photo was taken in May 1966, just before the men were sent to Vietnam

The 50-year-old photograph shows four young men who look like they're having the time of their lives, posing with a surfboard in the Florida sun.

But they're not on holiday - just enjoying their freedom while they wait to be sent into the jungles of Vietnam, where they would experience one of the most brutal theaters of combat in living memory.

So when the four reunited on Saturday for their first-ever reunion, it was more than just a cute photo opportunity - it was a chance to recapture a happier, more innocent time, Naples Daily News reported.

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  1. I remember the leaving and return of the Vietnam Vets. I was only about 8 to 12during their return but I remember how they were treated.

    1. I just had one parsing remarck at the SF airport visiting for a leave between tours.