Fifty years ago, a French teenager befriended American soldier Phillip Roy, telling him about German troops and mines - information that Roy said saved his life.
On Saturday, they found each other again with the help of an Associated Press story about how Roy wanted desperately to locate the boy who came to his World War II foxhole."We were both choked up. I am so very happy and so up in the clouds. I never thought I'd see him," Roy said after talking to Claude Ganaye, now 67.
"I was flabbergasted," Ganaye said. "I just started to cry. I couldn't believe it. I've always had that guy on my mind."
Roy, a native of Quebec, was a rifleman with the 29th Infantry Division when it landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day.
Able to speak French, Roy talked with Ganaye and gave him shoes and bread. In the three or four days the two spent together, Ganaye told Roy about the locations of German troops and mine fields.
Roy said he relayed the information to his sergeant, who didn't believe it. Roy went over the sergeant's head to his lieutenant, who was more receptive.
The AP story ran nationally for Saturday newspapers. Ganaye's daughter, Colleen, who lives in Fremont, Calif., saw the article and arranged a conference call.
The phone call had to be postponed a few hours because of Roy's excitement: He said he has a heart condition.