Mike Gude was serving a tour in Vietnam in 1969 when the unthinkable happened.
Gude and his four-men recon unit were gathering enemy intel when they suddenly realized the area was booby trapped. Unfortunately, they realized this too late, and Gude set off a mine that blew up part of his leg.
“I heard this big blast – the blast is not sharp,” Gude recounted, according to Little Things. “I saw a big black cloud. I thought I fell in a hole.”
Luckily, his brothers in arms were there to help him. “Two of them saved my life,” Gude acknowledged.
After his dramatic rescue, however, Gude never saw the soldiers who saved him again.
“I didn’t even know if these guys were alive,” he said.
For the last 45 years, Gude has been wondering if his rescuers survived the gruesome war. Thanks to an online message board, Gude finally found his three rescuers Howard Hunt, Grady Fox, and Bob Bodemann. Miraculously, they were all still alive!
In the video below, the men of the 173rd Airborne reunite at the Ontario airport. By the end, we guarantee you’ll be crying like a little baby!
“My life is complete, so if it ends today, I had a beautiful life,” Gude said.
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