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Vietnam vets reunite after 50 years to recreate photo on Florida beach

In an attempt to recreate the photo taken nearly 50 years prior to May 1966 while stationed at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, Calif., the four friends: Dennis Puleo, from left, Tom Hanks, Bob DeVenezia, kneeling, and Bob Falk met on Cinnamon Beach on Saturday, April 23, 2016, in Palm Coast, Fla.
In an attempt to recreate the photo taken nearly 50 years prior to May 1966 while stationed at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, Calif., the four friends: Dennis Puleo, from left, Tom Hanks, Bob DeVenezia, kneeling, and Bob Falk met on Cinnamon Beach on Saturday, April 23, 2016, in Palm Coast, Fla. Associated Press

Four Vietnam U.S. Marine veterans reunited in Florida last weekend to recreate a picture they posed for nearly 50 years ago before being shipped off to war, according to the Naples Daily News.

In an attempt to recreate the photo taken in May 1966 while stationed at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California, the four friends: Dennis Puleo, Tom Hanks, Bob DeVenezia, and Bob Falk met on Cinnamon Beach on Saturday in Palm Coast, Fla.

The four friends hadn’t all been in the same place since being shipped off to fight in the Vietnam War.

It was the first time they had all been together for decades. Now older and grayer, they examined a photograph taken in May 1966 shortly after they finished basic training.

The men staring back in the photograph, ranging in age from 19 to 21, all displayed toned torsos and buzz cuts as they arranged themselves next to a surfboard they borrowed as a prop from a passerby on a beach in Oceanside, Calif.

Hanks got nostalgic when he saw the snapshot in an album and decided to gather his old war buddies to relive the memory. They had drifted apart since the war so getting together proved difficult at first.

Finally they all agreed to meet at DeVenezia’s condo in East Naples then on Saturday they once again borrowed a longboard from a surfer and posed on the sandy shores of Cinnamon Beach.

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