VFW Reunites WWII Veterans for the First Time in 69 Years

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Sinton chapter brought together two WWII veterans Friday who had not seen each other for 69 years.

The last time Manuel Granado had seen 88-year old Boyd Engle was after Granado saves Boyd's life during the war.

The VFW flew Engle in from West Virginia to meet up with Granado, who lives in Taft. The two were at the Portland Hampton Inn Friday.

Engle clearly recalled that day back in 1944 when the two were surrounded by Germans and he was severely injured.

"Manuel and I started back toward the American lines, and we got 100 and I couldn't go any farther," Engle said. "We got behind a big tree stump, and Manuel took care of me. Fixed my leg. Put a tourniquet on my leg."

Engle and Granado were in the 755th Tank Battalion Company C. They were in their Sherman tank rolling across Italy on Oct. 17, 1944, when they were sent down Road 65 toward Bologna, Italy. They soon came face to face with the German Army.

Before they knew it, a German soldier armed with a bazooka fired at their tank and hit it.

Boyd was injured, and Granado moved him to safety. Eventually, they ended up surrendering. Engle went to the hospital and Granado ended up at Stalog 7A in Bavaria. He was put in a prisoner of war camp there.

When VFW officials in Sinton heard about their story, they decided to bring Boyd down to visit with Granado, who is now 95 years old.

"It's been a long time," Boyd said. "Glad to see him, but it's just a shame he's not getting along a bit better."

Granado was not feeling up to being interviewed Friday, but his actions during WWII, saving Engle's life, speaks volumes.

The two had talked by phone over the years and will be sharing more time with each other on Sunday during a special ceremony in their honor, which will be held at the Sinton Community Center at 2 p.m.

Also, if you would like to meet Engle, he is supposed to be at a POW-MIA event Saturday morning at Sherrill Park. It begins at 10 a.m., weather permitting.


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