(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Justin W. Galvin/Released)
A brother and sister who both serve in the U.S. Navy and have been separated for the past 30 years were finally reunited in an emotional day Friday at the Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD).
Reunited at 80: Childhood sweethearts separated by war finally tie the knot after 70 years
Bob Humphries, 89, and Bernie Bluett, 87, were childhood sweethearts but lost touch during World War II.
After meeting as children, Bernie was a teenager and working as a dressmaker when the war broke out, but had already fallen madly in love with Bob.
"There was something between us. We didn’t say a word, but there was a terrific attraction,’’ she said.
However, Bob had to go away to war and by 1943, aged 18, Bernie was conscripted to the Royal Air Force as a triage nurse and sent to Wales, patching up air crews and pilots as they flew back from Europe. Bob wrote to her regularly from France, but unknown to both of them, his letters were never passed on by Bernie’s parents who disapproved of the relationship.
With the missives having seemingly dried up, she later met Roy Bluett – a Kiwi bomber pilot who had spent most of the war recovering from a crash which shattered both his legs. The pair went on to marry and she emigrated to New Zealand where she has lived ever since.
Bob, meanwhile, also married after thinking Bernie had simply rejected his love and the pair remained apart for seven decades. But after both were widowed, they eventually made contact again in 2011 when Mrs Bernie’s daughter discovered Bob was living in Somerset.
They swapped numbers and spoke on the phone for the first time in 70 years - and were finally able to see they might have spent their entire lives together.
She said: “I didn’t know what I would say when I was waiting for that call. It had been too long, too much time had gone by. When I answered the phone, all he wanted to know was what had happened to me. He asked me what he did wrong.
"I didn’t say anything, I just burst into tears."
After rekindling their childhood romance, the pair are now to be married in the village of Pawlett near Bridgwater on Saturday. Bernie has moved back to the UK and is marrying Bob with the blessing of her three children.
Bob said: “I thought well here’s a couple of elderly people who could help one another in one way or another, so the decision was made [to get married].
And Bernie said her parents’ actions had certainly changed their lives.
"We were absolutely devastated. It is an awful thing to interfere in someone’s life like that. Just awful. All the time we lost," she said. "We have both had good marriages, good lives. But we always wondered what happened. It’s a terrible thing.’’
However, the pair remain upbeat about their future together.
"We both feel young at heart," Bernie added. "We may only have a year together but it’s a year we never had. We are both old, both unwell, but we feel as though we are 18 again. Happiness is everything. Needless to say, he is a hopeless romantic and so am I." [x]
Chinese twins reunited after 41 years
Running into a person who looks just like someone you know usually only warrants a double take, but that’s exactly how one Chinese man spotted his friend’s long-lost twin brother, according to Sky News.
Poverty separated Zeng Yong and his twin at birth when they were adopted by different families in 1972. After Zeng Yong’s friend told him about an almost identical man he saw in a Chinese city only 125 miles away, Zeng set out to find him.
With his friend’s help, Zeng met the man, Liu Yonggang, and after talking for an hour, the two discovered they were twins, China.org.cn reports. The pair then tracked down their 74-year-old mother who was living more than 1,000 miles away in the east Chinese city of Jianning.
The story of their reunion took off on China’s social media site Sina Weibo. One user commented, “People nowadays can’t understand the helplessness of parents in that era of poverty. Keeping children at home meant leaving them to die of starvation … I hope they are both happy.”
From the Good News department: Three years after he went missing in California, Smoke the dog turned up at an animal shelter in Florida.
The contact information associated with his microchip was out-of-date, but a volunteer found his owner through Facebook, and more volunteers collaborated to drive him cross-country. He was reunited with owner Eric Hough on Sunday.
Photo: Hough hugs Smoke at his Huntington Beach, Calif., home on Sunday. Credit: Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times
This story of a missing dog coming home has a curious hero: bacon.
Misty, a formerly abused pit bull, disappeared from her foster home in Morris County, N.J. last Friday, according to New Jersey’s Star-Ledger. Misty’s adoptive mom, Erin Earley-Hamilton, and volunteers from New York’s Second Chance Rescue searched the woods for her last weekend, CBS New York reports, but they were unable to find the 9-month-old puppy. Even the offer of a $2,000 reward didn’t help.
In the end, what brought Misty home was an unconventional idea from a member of the search party.
"One of the suggestions that we got for today since it was sunny was to cook bacon," Earley-Hamilton, who is vegan, told CBS. The scent of bacon cooking in the backyard lured Misty back home on Monday afternoon according to the Star-Ledger.
This is the second happy ending for Misty in a matter of months. According to the New York Daily News, she was first discovered on the streets of Brooklyn several weeks ago with multiple injuries, possibly used as bait to train other dogs in a fighting ring.
Keep up with Misty or make a donation for her care at the Misty’s Journey Facebook page.
Abducted man uses Google Maps to find way home after 23 years
A Chinese man who was abducted as a five-year-old has been reunited with his family - 23 years later.
Luo Gang was snatched on his way to kindergarten in the province of Sichuan and taken almost 2,000 kilometres away to live with a new family as their son.
"Everyday before I went to bed, I forced myself to re-live the life spent in my old home," Gang told Chinese news outlet Nhaidu.com, “so I wouldn’t forget.”
Two decades on, after hearing about a charity set up to reunite kidnapped children with their parents, Luo set down on paper the map he had carefully preserved in his mind over all those years, showing the layout of his home town.
(Photo: Chris O’Meara / Associated Press)
There was a touching moment before tonight’s Red Sox/Rays game, as nine-year-old Alayna Adams threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Tropicana Field and was reunited with her dad in the process.
(Photo: NBC Nightly News)
Robin Jeter, 18, and Jordan Dickerson, 17, grew up quite differently in the nation’s capital. But it’s hard to ignore the similarities: They’re smart, pretty and fashion-forward, and both are also athletic and have double-jointed thumbs. A coincidental encounter at a track meet brought the long-separated sisters together.
Twins Separated at Birth Find Each Other via YouTube
After Anaïs Bordier, a French student living in London, saw American actress Samantha Futerman in aYouTube video, she noticed a striking resemblance to herself. She found one of Futerman’s personal vlogs about being adopted, leading Bordier to find the two girls had the same birthday. After sending Futerman a Facebook message, the two realized they might be long lost twin sisters. Through Twitter, Skype and Facebook messenger, the girls have been using social media to cac]tch up on the first 25 years of their lives. They have since launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a documentary about their first meeting, as well as a DNA test to confirm their relation.
Couple reunited with missing cat after 13 years
A cat has clawed his way back into the hearts and home of the owners that lost him 13 years ago.
The Corsos lived in Las Vegas when their pet, Bandit, disappeared one day when he was let out of the house. Imagine the surprise of Elizabeth and Dante Corso to get a call in San Diego — where they now live — that Bandit had been found circling around in their old Vegas neighborhood.
A microchip implanted in the feline enabled someone at Bonanza Cat Hospital to find the 15-year-old cat’s owners and get them all back together on April 4, according to KTNV.
“This cat here has an amazing story. Yeah, I wish I knew it. All of it; who he’s [been] with, where he’s been,” Elizabeth said to NBC San Diego.
Bandit moved into a veritable menagerie. The Corsos own 13 other animals, KPBS said.
One of the other pets is Bandit’s brother Coot who was never the same after Bandit disappeared, according to KGTV.
Teenage Sweethearts Prove it’s Never Too Late as They Reunite and Marry in Their 70s
A lovesick British couple whose teen romance dissolved under the weight of parental disapproval has reunited and married—six decades after splitting up.
“We have simply picked up where we left off. It’s like being teenage sweethearts all over again,” Eileen Billington, 78, told SWNS.com about her newfound relationship with Warner, 79. “It’s as though we have never been apart. As well as loving each other, we are good companions, just as we were when we first met. In fact, we are just like an old married couple.”
Eileen Lockley met Warner Billington back she was 16 and he was 17, living as neighbors in the West Midlands area of central England, when Warner noticed her walking by with her sister Margaret.
“I saw her and I was smitten,” Warner told the Daily Mail. “I got a pair of garden shears and pretended to cut the hedge outside my parents’ house. When they passed, I said, ‘Hello Margs, who’s that with you?’ and we got talking.”
Shortly thereafter, Warner enlisted in the Royal Air Force and was stationed about three hours away in South Wales. But he wrote to Eileen, an aspiring tap dancer who worked for the gas board, and asked her on a date, and they spent time going to movies and the seashore whenever he was home on leave. They also wrote to each other every other day.
Two years later, they planned to wed. But Eileen’s father said they were too young, and Warner lost his nerve.
“I thought Eileen’s father was wrong, but I didn’t propose,” he recalled. “Somehow, we just parted after that. It was my fault, I just went my own way.”
And life went on for both of them. In 1956, Eileen married a man named Jack Lenton, with whom she ran a hotel in Newquay, Cornwall. They had a son and a daughter, and were together until Jack died in 2006.
Warner, meanwhile, married a woman named Gillian in 1957. They had three sons and were together until Gillian’s death in 2010.
Though Eileen and Warner hadn’t seen each other since their breakup, a friend of Warner’s was a regular at Eileen’s hotel, and Eileen would always ask her how Warner was doing. When she heard he had lost his wife, she called him to express her condolences, and after that they chatted on the phone regularly.
A year later, Warner invited Eileen to visit him at his home in West Midlands; it culminated in a tearful reunion at the train station, where Warner met her “hair all slicked back and roses at the ready,” he told SWNS.com. Then, with the approval of both their families, Warner moved in with Eileen in 2011, and they were married soon thereafter.
“We both had very happy marriages, but anyone who tells you that they don’t remember their first love is fibbing,” Warner said. “Both Eileen and I often wondered about what might have happened if things had worked out differently. But we don’t dwell on it now.”
Dog travels 10 miles to find shelter mate
Ben and Jade’s story began long before owners Courtney and Jason Lawler came into their lives. According to the Tribune-Star, the dogs (both mixed German Shepherds) were initially strays living on the north end of Terre Haute, Indiana.
When one-year-old Jade became pregnant with 4-year-old Ben’s puppies last summer, staffers from the Terre Haute Humane Shelter trapped them and took them to the shelter so they could better care for the mother-to-be.
“They were a bonded pair,” shelter manager Charles Brown told told the Tribune-Star. Ben and Jade were inseparable during the several months they spent at the shelter and even shared the same pen. But they were later torn apart when the Lawler’s, who were only looking for one pet, adopted Ben.
"We had him for about three weeks, and we thought he was OK, but he got loose on us," Courtney Lawler told NBC2 News. Ben escaped the Lawler’s home last December and went in search of Jade at the shelter 10 miles away.
About 24 hours later, Ben had found his way back to Jade. “He came out of nowhere and started licking her through the fence, like they were kissing,” Courtney said of the dogs’ reunion.
When the Lawlers realized it wouldn’t do to separate the pair again, they adopted Jade as well and brought both dogs home.
Ben and Jade “want to be together,” Debbie Floyd, the Humane Society board’s president, told the Tribune-Star. “There hasn’t been a lot of human love in their lives. They found love with each other and that what’s make them happy … Hopefully, they will live their lives happily ever after.”