Childhood Pals Turned WWII Vets From Worcester Reunite After 70+ Years

WEST BOYLSTON – There was something about the two World War II veterans’ stories that seemed so similar to Becky Gardner, a social worker at the Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center. After discreetly working to get the pair together, the men immediately recognized each other, though they hadn’t seen one another in more than 70 years since leaving grade school.

Reunited, they now reminisce for hours like schoolkids, again, including about when they used to hop the trolley to go to the Boys Club in Worcester.

Frank J. Musci, 94, of Auburn, and Anthony J. Polito Sr., 94, of Worcester, grew up in the same neighborhood in Worcester, Mr. Musci on Belmont Street and Mr. Polito on Crescent Street, first attending Adams Street School together, then East Kendall Street School, they said, from kindergarten through Grade 8. Though it is emotionally difficult, as it is for many WWII veterans, to share what they went through serving during the war, both smile and laugh when they share childhood memories.

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