WWII Veteran from Chicago meets the sailor who saved his life, 72 years later

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CHICAGO -- An "Honor Flight Chicago" trip in 2009 was a bit of a rebirth for World War II survivor Norm Lasman of Chicago.

He never knew who saved his life on May 11, 1945,  the day Japanese suicide bombers attacked the American aircraft carrier U.S.S. Bunker Hill.  The smoke and flames left him unconscious and suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning for 19 hours.

The "Brothers of Bunker Hill:" 97-year-old Al Skaret (left) and 94-year-old Norm Lasman.

But after reading a book called, "Danger's Hour," written by Bobby Kennedy's youngest son Maxwell, it began to spark memories for Norm, and sent him on a mission to find the man who came to his rescue.

In a follow-up to a 2009, WGN-TV News Emmy and Murrow Award-winning documentary featuring Norm's story, you will see his path to a mystery solved. Watch as WGN-TV camera crews captures the moment a 97-year-old Seattle native, and now 94-year-old Norm Lasman lay eyes on each other for the very first time, 2,100 miles and 72 years apart.

WGN's Steve Sanders picks up the story of a late life friendship forged in the flames of battle.

Two American sailors shared a moment in hell in 1945 when Japanese suicide pilots attacked the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Bunker.

Photojournalists Mike D'Angelo and Brad Piper, as well as Producers Pam Grimes and Kelly Barnicle contributed to this report.

You can find the full story in Maxwell Kennedy's book "Danger's Hour." We've provided a link here.


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