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Two elderly military veterans reunite after 50 years

2018/06/14 21:30:06

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Taipei, June 14 (CNA) Two Taiwanese soldiers who were friends about 50 years ago have reunited and one was able to thank the other for lending him money during a difficult period, police said Thursday.

According to the Miaoli County Tongxiao Precinct, one of the veterans, identified only by the surname Chen (陳), on June 2 sought the help of Yuanli police in the county to find his friend surnamed Kuo (郭).

Using their records of people who live in the area, Yuanli police were able to locate Kuo the same day and he had an emotional reunion with Chen, police said.

Chen, originally from Yilan, was stationed in Taipei during his military service and became good friends with Kuo, according to police.

When Chen was discharged from military service, he wanted to remain in Taipei to work because of a difficult financial situation in Yilan, and Kuo lent him NT$400 (US$13.38), police said.

Nowadays, NT$400 might seem like nothing but 50 years ago, when the salary of a Private First Class soldier was only NT$85, it was a lot, Chen said, according to police.

With the help of the loan of NT$400, Chen was able to settle in Taipei and start a family, police said. He found work at an automobile company and was later promoted all the way to a high-level management position, they said.

Over time, Chen lost touch with Kuo and it was not until Chen retired and had more free time that he set out in search of his friend, police said.

Starting with the information that Kuo lived somewhere near Miaoli's Yuanli Township, Chen, now close to 80 years old, went to the police station there for help and was able to reunite with his friend, according to police. (Kuan Jui-pin and William Yen)

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