Two veterans reunite in Beckley after 61 years

Raleigh County

Imagine going decades without seeing your best friend. Veteran Robert Gombash got to see his best friend for the first time since the 1950’s on Monday, April 29.

“Well I’m a bit shaky, to tell you the truth about it, but it’s going to be a great day,” Gombash said. 

The power of social media and smart phones made it possible for Robert to get in contact with Harold Butler’s family. He then was able to call Harold to set up a reunion lunch at Cracker Barrel in Beckley. 

“Oh it tickles me to death, I haven’t seen this man in 61 years. I know it tickles him that the last time I saw him, he was still in his teens,” Butler said. 

When meeting, Harold was gifted with a special memory book that took the two back to the 50’s. It was the perfect opportunity to relive the glory days.

“We traveled, we went straight through the islands, went through the straits, all the way through South America, headed down through Venezuela, we’ve traveled all over, half way around the world,” Butler said. 

Robert said this reunion is the perfect start to a new era of friendship for these two.

“Now let me tell you something, it ain’t going to end right there. It ain’t over with, it’s just starting now,” Gombash said. 

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