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Joseph (Red Eye) Bonvillian

50 years after I was discharged from the 508th, I had not seen or heard any of my paratrooper friends.

Then in the summer of 1994, I was watching TV about the 1944 invasion of Normandy.  There on the TV I saw Colonel Louis Mendez being interviewed.

I was so excited that I went straight to the telephone and called the TVchannel and told them that I was Colonel Mendez Jeep driver, and the colonel always called me Red Eye.

The TV station passed on my details to Colonel Mendez and visa versa.

When I called The Mendez home, Louis was not at home, but Mrs. Mendez told me that for years he has been looking for Red Eye.

Later that day Colonel Mendez called me.

Two war buddies enjoyed a telephone reunion after 50 years of waiting.

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