Surprise Reunion


POSTED: Monday, November 25, 2013 - 8:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, November 25, 2013 - 8:09pm

Korean War veteran finds fellow soldier and old friend he believed died in combat decades ago. Melissa Kenison reports.

(WCSH) At Age 82, Glen Tompkins still runs his woodworking business in the small town of Peru, Maine.

Tompkins was a radio operator in the Army's 7th Division. He landed in the invasion at Inchon.

Tompkins says that division fought its way up North Korea, almost to China, when a bad firefight nearly took his life.

"I had a bullet went in right there. Just about my belt line, and came out there. And the graves registration picked me up, because they had put so much morphine into me the grave registration picked me up for dead and as the they were carrying me across the Yellow River I jumped off the stretcher," says Tompkins. "That's what the story I got.

Don Chadbourne was Tompkins' friend, and recalls carrying his body after he'd been shot.

"We got him across the river and thought he was dead," says Chadbourne. "Took him to graves registration."

All these years, Chadbourne believed Tompkins had died that day.

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