An iconic photograph published in Life Magazine in 1969 was the catalyst behind a special reunion in Mobile. It happened at Wentzel’s Oyster House on Wednesday.
A.B. Alvin Grantham of Mobile is in that photograph, lying on the fender of a tank and being taken out of the jungles of Vietnam during the Tet Offensive in 1968. He’d been shot in the chest by a round from an AK47. He was near death but medics were able to save him.
In fact, another Marine on that tank, Richard Hill of Colinga, California thought Grantham had indeed died. That is, until about a month and a half ago when a Facebook post brought the two men together.
Grantham posted the photo on the Facebook Page ‘Together We Served.’ Hill saw it and responded that he was the man with the bloody leg. Hill traveled to Mobile for the emotional reunion with Grantham.
A large crowd of family, friends and fellow veterans were on hand for the reunion as the men exchanged gifts. Hill was presented with a ‘Quilt of Valor’ by the Azalea City Quilters Guild.