Ninety-three-year-old Vic Ide was having serious health problems last winter. His family thinks a chance meeting with another Navy veteran may have saved his life.
“I saw the world and the ship was like a mother. It took care of you,” Joe Keilen said.
For Joe, the ship was the USS Shangri-La, and it took care of him from 1958-1962. It did the same for Vic Ide from 1945-1947.
But despite similar life experiences, Vic and Joe didn’t know each other until about nine months ago. They were brought together by Allina Health Hospice’s We Honor Veterans program.