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Jul 15, 2010 9:53 AM by News First 5

Colorado Springs vet honors 44-year-old battlefield pledge

A Vietnam vet has fulfilled his 44-year-old battlefield promise to return a rosary to a wounded comrade.

Frank Heidel gave the rosary back to Chuck Doole on Wednesday night during an emotional reunion of the two veterans and their families.

Doole had been shot in an ambush and feared he was going to die. The rosary was a gift from his grandmother, and he didn't want it to be lost, so he gave it to Heidel.

Heidel promised to return it when both were safe, but they lost touch. Heidel periodically tried to find Doole without success, until their unit announced a reunion about six months ago.

Heidel located Doole from the reunion list and discovered they both live in Colorado Springs. They arranged their personal reunion by phone.

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