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Positively Cincinnati: 101-year-old WWII veteran forms unlikely friendship

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Positively Cincinnati: 101-year-old WWII veteran forms unlikely friendship

Positively Cincinnati: 101-year-old WWII veteran forms unlikely friendship

We live in a world so busy that we spend every day silently passing by people with incredible stories to share, never knowing how much we could have learned from them.

That’s why anchor Kristyn Hartman loves today’s “Positively Cincinnati.” It’s about World War II Army veteran Charlie Dawson and two people who took the time to listen.

YOU MIGHT NOT THINK TWO CT-TECHS FROM "MERCY HEALTHCLERMONT HOSPITAL" -- AND AWORLD WAR TWO VETERAN WOULDHAVE MUCH IN COMMON.AFTERALL -- DECADES SEPARATETHEM.

BUT THE TRIOBECAME FAST FRIENDS...AND THATIS WHY THEY'RE THE FOCUS OFTHIS "POSITIVELY CINCINNATI."(Nat 1:48:48/B107) (Dji 0782)What a lovely surprise - whenyou open a box and music plays.(Nat music)Not all do.That'skind of like people in yourlife.Some just come and go(Nat1:47:24 twisting knob)- butothers are that memorablemelody - that surpris(natmusic close up on box)(DJI0779)It's exactly how LizHardman and Amy Paproski -would describe Charlie Dawson.One day a few months ago hewas the patient in their CTsuite at Mercy health'sClermont Hospital - in for acat scan.2:14:53 He wasamazing from the verybeginning.

He got up byhimself.No small thing whenyou learn Charlie is 1:50:45.101 and about 4 montAnd he'sone of those "GreatestGenerationGuys...2:15:11 Hehas his Army Vets hat on andwe started talking about that.2:01:02 Why are you proud ofyour military service?

Wellsomebody has to do it.

Andyou did.

I was one of em thatdid itYes he was.

Charlie was onUtah beach in Normandy on D-Day.

1:53:06.

I was othebeach 30 minutes after thefirst troops landeHe sharedhis military story with Amyand Liz1:55:58 We went intoParis one morning and thatnight the Germans pulled outand leftand so we went intoBelgiuNat 1:43:35 B-0100Andthen the conversation turnedto something Charlie has lovedhis whole life...woodworking.he still makes things in thecraft room at the VA home inGeorgetown - likthat musicbox - and that's not all.2:15:57 He offered to make usbirdhouses.It wasn't just lipservice.

Weeks later Charlie'snurse brought thosebirdhouses to his two newfriends.2:22:05 She was onstrict orders.

Yes she was -onvery strict orders (pic ofthem with birdhouses) to makesure she delivered to us andexplained how to use it.What agift - 2:01:50 Made a lot ofnew friends that way...2:17:47.

Why did you bond withCharlie?2:18:00 um - I'm notsure.

No I am sure.

He justhas good heart and hhas alot to share.2:24:23 Youteared up.

Why?

Because ofmy own dad.Who was also aworld war 2 veteran.Justthink... if Amy and Liz hadn'tseen the person in thepatient.

Hadn't heard his ownunique melodyNat...Of musicButthey did...Amy nats: 2:09:04You didn't miss out onanything (giggle)And nowthey're sharing their owncrafts with him - 2:10:55she's a real nice personalongwith some conversation, cakeand coffee .2:25:43 What isthe lesson in friendship ifthere is one?

Just to alwaysbe open to people.

Everyonehas a story.2:21:29 We shouldlisten to them.them.THEIR LISTENING LED TO THISSTORY....SO HOW LUCKY ARE WE?WHEN I ASKED CHARLIE ABOUT THEMOST MEMORABLE PART OF HISSERVICE -- HE TOLD ME "WHENTHEY SAID THE WAR ENDED." HESERVED IN EUROPE FROM 1941 TO1945.AND WE THANK HIM FOR HISSERVICE.




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