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WWII veterans reunite decades after service

By Alex Hoffman, aahoffman@hearst.com
Published On: Apr 30 2013 07:29:53 AM HST
Updated On: Apr 29 2013 01:30:00 PM HST

After 70 years of living separate lives, two World War II Navy soldiers renewed their friendship after fate brought them back together.

OMAHA, Neb. -

After 70 years of living separate lives, two World War II Navy sailors renewed their friendship after fate brought them back together.

Larry Boukal and George Remar knew each other as kids. They grew up in Omaha's Brown Park neighborhood during the 1920s and 1930s. The two were drafted in the 1940s and went to the same boot camp before serving in WW II.

"I put a minesweeper into commission," Remar said.

"I was a machinist aboard the USS Wright," Boukal said.

After war, the sailors came back to Omaha and started their own families and lived separate lives. Decades later, they found themselves connected by chance, or maybe fate.

Ten years ago, Remar just so happened to move into Boukal’s old house.

“He called me one time. He was getting my mail and he said, ‘Are you so and so?’ And I said, ‘Yes.’ That's how we got reacquainted,” Boukal said.

The two veterans now live as neighbors at the Walnut Grove Retirement Community sharing a friendship they found late in life.

“We're destined to be together. It seems like the world isn’t very big. We keep running into each other,” Boukal said.

Boukal and Remar are two of only four surviving members of their boot camp class from 1943.

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