US WWII Veteran Reunites with Italians He Saved As Children

It was a happy ending to a story that could easily have been a tragedy.

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Martin Adler, a 97-year-old retired American soldier, center, receives a kiss from Mafalda, right, and Giuliana Naldi, whom he saved during WWII, during a reunion at Bologna's airport, in Italy, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. For more than seven decades, Adler treasured a black-and-white photo of himself as a young soldier with a broad smile with three impeccably dressed Italian children he is credited with saving as the Nazis retreated northward in 1944. The veteran met the three siblings - now octogenarians themselves - in person for the first time on Monday, eight months after a video reunion. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
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BOLOGNA, Italy (AP) — For more than seven decades, Martin Adler treasured a black-and-white photo of himself as a young American soldier with a broad smile with three impeccably dressed Italian children he is credited with saving as the Nazis retreated northward in 1944. On Monday, the 97-year-old World War II veteran met the three siblings — now octogenarians themselves — in person for the first time since the war. Adler held out his hand…

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