70 years later, World War II veterans finally meet
SHORELINE, Wash. -- As the anticipated World War II film "The Monuments Men" opened, another drama from the second World War unfolded in Shoreline.
Harry Goin was just a tough kid from Spokane when he enlisted in the Navy.
"You know why I joined the Navy, I liked those bell-bottom pants," the 87-year-old said.
Now the former seaman is frail and fighting kidney disease and renal failure while under the care of Providence Hospice of Seattle.
Goin's walls are covered with his paintings, and he also keeps a photograph of the U.S.S. Duxbury, where he severed. So does 88-year old Charles Brown, who is now battling a brain tumor.
Brown was drafted in 1944 and is under the same hospice care as Goin. A hospice chaplain noticed both men had photos of the same ship, and hospice staff connected the dots and then connected the men.
"It's one in a million, one in a million," said Goin.
Brown was based in the Duxbury's bow and Goin was in the stern. The veterans didn't remember or recognize each other.
"I can't see that good anyhow. I got glaucoma," Goin said.
Goin went on to become a window washer after the war. Brown sold used cars. The men hope this meeting won't be their last.
"We have a lifetime of stories to share," said Brown.
And Goin just kept saying, "I can't believe it, I can't believe it. What's the chance of two guys on the same ship after all these years."