By Southern Sentinel
NEW ALBANY – David Taylor, a Walmart driver from Kentucky, was in New Albany refueling his truck for a return trip to Kentucky when something surprising happened.
The new fueling system at the Walmart Distribution Center was unfamiliar to Taylor, so he asked the next driver in line for help – J.E. Hicks of Ripley. While they were talking, Taylor told Hicks he was hauling content out of Hopkinsville, Ky.
“Where is your home?” asked Hicks.
“Morgantown, Ky., the county seat of Butler County, Ky.,” Taylor said.
Hicks said one of his best Army buddies, Bobby Hunt, was from Butler County, but they had lost track of each other after returning home from Vietnam in 1970.
When Taylor got home, he put the wheels in motion, and a couple messages later the two friends were reunited after 42 years.
Hicks and his wife traveled from Ripley to Bowling Green, Ky., for a weekend visit with Hunt and his wife. While visitingr, they also located another Army buddy, Dickie Garrison of Red Rock, Texas.
Before leaving, the Hunts had a special surprise gift waiting for Hicks – his Myrtle class ring that he lost in Hunt’s Pontiac GTO while traveling home from Fort Sill, Okla., back in 1969.