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Finding Brothers in Combat

DUBUQUE, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Nearly 50 years after the Vietnam Conflict, a group of Veterans are gathering in Dubuque for the first time since 1968.

When a group of Veterans get together, thats probably when the best tales are told.

But this story is of one last request.

"When my dad was in hospice at the VA in Charleston, his last wish was that he was reunited with his platoon members, said Moriah Feuerhelm.

Moriahs dad is Bob Rhame. It turns out, his platoon members were looking for him too.

"Well I would look up Robert Rhame and I would get phone numbers and I would call and say, 'Was he in the 765th Security Platoon, said Vietnam Vet Art Simmons. He served with the 765th Security Platoon with Rhame from 1965 1967.

Before getting in touch with Rhame, Simmons had been tracking down many other members of their platoon.

"[Bob] had been looking for us for seven-years," said Simmons.

It took a few decades before the Vets wanted to begin searching for each other.

When the men finally re-connected, that was about, three-days before he passed away, said Simmons.

While Rhame didnt have the time to remember as many stories as the guys do today, "I know that his spirit is here, I know that he is here, I know that he is with all of his platoon mates today, said Feuerhelm. I don't have a single doubt."

After Bob was buried, Art went to see his grave. He sent Moriah a picture of him saluting Bob one last time.

"It was so touching, said Feuerhelm. It's been one of the nicest gifts they could have given me to pay that respect to my dad, because it means so much to him."

"We went in as strangers, we came home as brothers and sisters."

Since getting back in touch, the platoon has adopted Moriah into their ranks. She says she not only has them as her military family, since she is a Desert Storm Veteran, but as a group of surrogate fathers as well.
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