Almost 70 years ago while fighting in Normandy on D-Day, Bill Betts believed himself wounded beyond survival. He told his friend Clifford Baker to continue to safety without him, This Is South Wales reported.
Both friends believed the other had died.
But after telling Barker to carry on without him, Betts lay wounded on the beach for eight hours, until US troops rescued him and got him to surgery, the Daily Mail reported.
Flash forward 67 years later, when the two separately visited the Gold Beach at Arromanches, where they originally fought side-by-side.
According to the Daily Mail, when Betts, 88, signed his name in the remembrance book at the nearby D-Day museum, he was shocked to see the name of his friend there as well, ink still wet.
"I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw his name, but there it was in black and white," Betts told the Daily Mail. "I'd just been given a commemorative medal by the Mayor of Arromanches, so I asked her when Mr. Baker had been into the museum. She said it was only 20 minutes before and that his coach was now boarding in the car park. I decided I had to take the chance to catch him."
After rushing to catch Baker's coach, the two met face to face -- a stone's throw from the place they tragically parted ways almost 70 years ago.
"I never imagined that we'd see each other after all that time, let alone in a place so close to where we were last together," Beets told the Mirror.
"... You can imagine just how emotional that was. We had a chat about D-Day - the memories of it all are still very clear in my mind. After I'd said my goodbyes and boarded our coach everyone on board broke into a roar of cheers and applause."
Despite all who never returned from the beaches of Normandy, and all the years that had passed, Baker believes that this fateful reunion was part of a bigger plan.
"I think it was ordained that we should not meet for 67 years until that particular day and that particular time."