Military Stories Archive > Military Reunion - 52 Years Later

11 Oct 2006

In May of 1995, Research, Etc. was contacted by Jack and Bea Billingsly of Cottonwood, Arizona asking if we could locate Jacks’ old Cammander, Elude Fisher of Company D, 79th Infantry Training Battalion, Camp Roberts, California. They were stationed there in 1942 and 1943.

The following story was taken from a letter that we received from Jack and Bea:

We are sending you a photo of the Billingslys and the Fishers taken while they were visiting us this summer. We had not seen each other in 52 years.

Elude was Jack’s Company Commander at Camp Roberts and Jack w as a 1st Sgt. Jack and Bea were married at the Chapel in Camp Roberts and, since Bea didn’t have family living in California, Elude escorted her down the aisle and his wife, Betty, was her Matron of Honor.

We have always had fond memories of the Fishers and wondered often if they were still living - and where. Jack finally called you and gave you the Fishers name and their last known address. Ten minutes later, you called back and gave us their address and phone number in LaPorte, Indiana. We were so surprised! Only ten minutes!

We immediately called our old friends and were so happy to find them well and happy. They had also been trying to find us and we all became emotional. We are all so thankful to find each other.

Then came the best part! The Fishers came for a visit; ten wonderful days we had together, laughing, crying and sharing - talking nonstop for hours. Well, it takes a lot of talking to cover 52 years! Oh, it was such a great time! Sharing the tears and laughter of our lives - the blessings and the heartaches. Our lives were so much alike.

We feel so close now and we write and call each other often. Maybe next year, we can go visit the Fishers.

What joy it was to see them! So, Thank You, Research, Etc., and God Bless.

                                          -Bea and Jack Billingsly

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