Veterans reunite at weekend event in Maine

9:21 PM, Sep 23, 2012   |    comments
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OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) - A pair of Vietnam veterans who hadn't seen each other since the day one of them was shot down and taken prisoner have been reunited in Maine.

Russ Warriner normally served as crew chief on the helicopter but ended up being reassigned that day. He hadn't seen Michael O'Connor, a pilot, since that fateful day on Feb. 4, 1968, but the two were reunited for the POW/MIA Recognition Weekend in Old Orchard Beach.

Warriner, from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7997, was serving as event organizer. The event, which began Friday, will continue through Sunday.

O'Connor flew in from California for the event. He and Warriner served together in the 2nd Battalion 20th Artillery (ARA) 1st Calvary Division.












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