LIers share tales of 2 lives in World War II

Sea Cliff native Tom Morris was in the US Army Air Corps in 1940. At the time, Morris was 21 years old and flew over

The war would came to an end in 1945, and Tom eventually returned to Long Island and settled in Rocky Point. About 20 miles away in East Moriches, Diane got married and raised her family.

The war would came to an end in 1945, and Tom eventually returned to Long Island and settled in Rocky Point. About 20 miles away in East Moriches, Diane got married and raised her family. (8/7/15)

SEA CLIFF - Two Long Islanders who lived two different lives in Japan during World War II have met for the first time.

Sea Cliff native Tom Morris was in the US Army Air Corps. At the time, Morris was 21 years old and flew over Japan regularly bombing the city of Kyushu.

Down below in Kyushu, was 14-year-old Diane Bengel. It's been decades, but Diane can still hear the sirens.

The war would came to an end in 1945, and Tom eventually returned to Long Island and settled in Rocky Point. About 20 miles away in East Moriches, Diane got married and raised her family.

Diane and Tom's paths crossed again thanks to a documentary film that featured the two of them.

For hours, the 84-year-old woman and 91-year-old veteran shared striking memories of war. They eventually discussed the atomic bomb and how it brought the war to an end.

After News 12 sat down with Diane Bengel, she was suddenly diagnosed with cancer. Unfortunately, she lost her battle this past Wednesday.

 

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