POW vets reunited after almost 70 years
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — It was an emotional day this past weekend for two World War II heroes who served in the Army.
The last time they saw each other was just before they were taken as prisoners by the German army back in 1944.
Nearly 70 years later, they share the story of that fateful day.
“Bewildered to be here to be truthful with ya. My gracious, I never expected all this. Wow,” said WWII veteran Boyd Engle, who was just reunited with his friend Manuel.
Family and friends cried happy tears today as the two buddies met after a long 70 years. Both men lived with the memories of war and the 12 months they spent as prisoners in Munich, Germany after they were separated.
“October 17th, ’44 is the last time I saw Manuel, up until Friday,” Boyd stated.
Manuel and Boyd were both serving in the U. S. Military overseas before their tank was attacked by the German army. Boyd and Manuel ran 100 yards and hid behind a tree. Manuel applied a tourniquet to Boyd because he could no longer run any further.
The last thing Manuel said to his war buddy was ‘stay hidden, I will be back with help.’
“But of course my dad never made it back, because he was captured by the Germans, and then eventually Mr. Boyd was also picked up by the Germans,” said Cindy Granado, Manuel’s daughter.
The two men were taken to different POW camps, not knowing if the other survived or not. On April 29, 1945, Manuel’s camp was liberated, and a short time later, Boyd finally made his way home, too.
Boyd and his family flew in from West Virginia to finally meet the man their father could not forget.
Boyd says the experience is bittersweet, but sweeter than anything else.