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Two military families reunite after 40 years of searching

By: Ashley Reynolds Email
By: Ashley Reynolds Email

Two military families reunite after 40 years of searching.

A vietnam veteran tracks down his best friends family.

Fred Niles might have lost a leg in Vietnam... but his greatest loss was his best friend, Kenneth Nolen.

"He's not my biological brother but I consider him one... always have," said Niles.

Nolen was killed instantly in an ambush 40 years ago... Ever since Niles has searched for his Kentucky family.

Thanks to a flyer Niles saw in Tennessee along with help from organizers, his nearly half of a century long search is over.

"My hearts all torn up... I don't know if I can deal with all this emotion... but I'm not worried about it," said Niles.

Nancy Malin might have lost her brother Kenneth when she was just nine, but tonight she gets to meet his other half.

"Yes, I lost my brother but I'm gaining a new family member in Fred. There's a connection there and it's like I've known him for a long time," said Malin.

While a crowd honors those that have served ...two strangers now share an unbreakable bond found through the heartache of a lost loved one.

"He's not dead... he's still alive... and lives in my heart and his spirit is here with us," said Niles.

A homecoming that brought not only veterans together but lost souls.

There will be a parade Saturday at 2 o'clock in downtown London to honor veterans.


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