4 Marines reunite after 50 years to recreate photo taken during weapons training
After almost 50 years, four Vietnam veterans reunited for the first time to recreate the photo op of a lifetime.
Bob Falk, 71, Dennis Puleo, 69, Tom Hanks, 69, and Bob DeVenezia, 70, first met during weapons training camp at Camp Pendleton near San Diego before the Vietnam War.
The group became inseparable, and when they weren't going through rigorous training during the week, the foursome would go on outings to the zoo, bars, or the beach.
It was during one of these excursions that the group huddled together for an epic beachside photograph, featuring all four men, then aged 19 to 21 years old, standing in front of a bright yellow surfboard.
The four men lost touch after their deployment. In an interview with Naples Daily News, DeVenezia commented on their separation, saying, "We just broke up [...] Life is funny like that. I didn't keep in touch with any of them. There was something about the Vietnam War and the negativity we kept hearing."
Fast forward two Purple Heart awards, six children, multiple marriages and half a century later, the foursome decided to reunite in sunny Florida to recreate that iconic image.
"We all know," Puleo told the newspaper, "that we've been given a gift of 50 years."
Check out the footage from their inspiring "photoshoot" below.
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