Forty years after returning from Vietnam, a loyal soldier completed one final mission.
When Sgt. Frank Cybulski was injured in a mine explosion in 1970 while serving, he was whisked off to a hospital in Long Binh, Vietnam and then sent home to Michigan, but he left behind one of his most precious possessions –- a hunting knife that his parents had given him, Detroit News reported.
Cybulski’s buddy, Sgt. Loyd Cates, retrieved the knife and held onto it -- certain that one day, the two would be reunited.
Finally, after more than four decades, the Texas native felt ready to take up the search. He contacted Lenny Deskins, an administrator for the Facebook group, “I grew up in Hamtramck before 1985,” for help.
Deskins reached out to Cybulski’s ex-wife who helped facilitate the reunion.
“I just stared at the box for like 10 minutes,” Cybulski, 64, told Detroit News after getting the delivery. “I opened it up and pulled the knife out. That’s when I started crying.”
Getting such sentimental items back from war often allows vets to open up about the experiences that are difficult to talk about.
When William Kadar, a World War II veteran who served in France, got his Army-issued duffel bag returned by a French teen who found the bag in his grandfather’s house, the family was grateful to have a tangible piece of history.
"It's given us a deeper understanding of what he and others went through," Kadar's granddaughter Amy Parsons told the Associated Press. "We don't have that perspective in the U.S. as much. (Kadar) always said, `It's a miracle I came home.'"
Also on HuffPost:
World War II Savior Reunited With Children He Rescued
This BBC TV show "That's Life" that aired in 1988 connected Sir Nicholas Winton with some of the lives he saved during World War II. In an operation called <a href="http://storify.com/storyvault/the-c" target="_hplink">Czech Kindertransport</a> Winton organized the rescue and safe passage of about 669 Jewish children who were designated for transport to Nazi concentration camps. In the clip, one of the children, Vera Gissing, embraces Winton and thanks him for saving her life.
Deaf Woman Hears Her Own Voice For The First Time
Sarah Churman, a 29-year-old who was born deaf, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/30/sara-churman-deaf-woman-_n_989220.html" target="_hplink">tries out her cochlear implants for the first time</a> with some amazing results.
Dads Find Out They'll Be Grandpas
When a same-sex couple receives news of a grandchild on the way, utter adorableness ensues.
Kid Receives Nintendo-64 For Christmas
A boy and his sister receive the N-64 and freak out. There are no words for how excellent this video is.
Kristen Bell's Sloth Meltdown
Kristen Bell has a thing for sloths. And we have a thing for how adorable Kristen Bell is when she thinks there's a sloth in the vicinity. MUST. WATCH. ON REPEAT.
Lily Gets Her Birthday Wish
"Oh my goodness," Lily tells her mother as she opens up her birthday present. But the gift gets better when the 6-year-old learns that she is getting her birthday wish -- <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/06/girls-adorable-reaction-disneyland_n_998989.html" target="_hplink">going to Disneyland</a>.
A <a href="http://thestir.cafemom.com/big_kid/127341/military_dad_surprises_9yearold_during" target="_hplink">military dad surprises his 9-year-old daughter</a> during a school spelling bee. Spoiler: Everyone tears up.
Man Learns He's Cancer-Free
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/25/hodgkin-lymphoma-patient-_n_1625775.html" target="_hplink">Jake Bouma</a>, a 28-year-old Hodgkin's lymphoma patient, meets with his oncologist to discuss the results of his latest PET scan.
Dog Meets Soldier Returned From Afghanistan
Okay, so this isn't technically "a person" receiving good news, but what's a better example of pure, unbridled joy than a dog who is seeing her owner after 8 months? Gracie is so excited that she starts crying! Keep 'em tissues handy.
Marine Surprises Sister At Graduation
It seems the whole school was in on it. Instead of just receiving her diploma, Jessica was greeted by her brother who recently returned home from Afghanistan during her graduation from California Polytechnic State University.
Radio DJ Finds Out She Won
Detroit radio DJ Shannon Murphy of "Mojo in the Morning" finds out she won a contest and will co-host "Live with Regis and Kelly."
Son Meets Father After 49 Years
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/28/son-michael-hubbard-meets_n_1064094.html" target="_hplink">Michael Hubbard meets his father</a> for the first time in person after 49 years.
Justin Bieber Surprises His Biggest Fan
Paige, who calls herself Justin Bieber's biggest fan, got a special surprise from the pop star when he knocked on her door.
Lab Chimps See Sunlight For The First Time
This just fills us with utter happiness.
Misty Hyman totally wasn't expecting to win this Olympic race -- she had no idea she'd won until a few seconds after she'd finished. The look on her face is priceless.