D-Day comrades meet for the first time

ELMA, NY - Two WWII veterans who survived D-Day and are now in their 90s met on Saturday for the very first time.

When they arrived -- both veterans decorated in their uniforms --they told us how amazing it feels to meet each other, but they said the day is also sad due to memories of fellow soldiers they lost from war.

Sergeant Russell Guthrie participated in the invasion of Normandy at Omaha Beach. He was with the 12th wave of troops that came ashore. He remembers the water being ice cold, and wading ashore towards machine guns going off left to right.

Sergeant Kenneth Janish was a paratrooper with the Army and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He remembers parachuting down into Normandy, praying that he wouldn't be afraid.

Two On Your Side's Andrea Marvin has the rest of their story.

Also on Saturday, another local hero of the D-Day invasion was laid to rest at St. Rose of Lima Church in North Buffalo. Joseph Pawlik was a highly decorated solider who received three Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart and the French Legion of Honor Chevalier Award for his service.

Saturday also marked the 72nd anniversary of the final day of the Battle of Midway -- the first victory for American forces in the Pacific. Outnumbered U.S. ships destroyed four Japanese aircraft carriers and began a string of victories that would end three years later with the Japanese surrender.

And in Batavia, a unique program to help more recent veterans overcome the psychological trauma of war was the focus of a ceremony at the VA Center.


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