The Forging of a Friendship

When Elton Jochen and Melinda Stanzel Barneycastle made eye contact, the look that passed between them would have touched her father’s heart.

Veterans Day 2019: Nov. 11

Melinda Stanzel Barneycastle flipped open a vintage brown photo folder, then handed it across the kitchen table to World War II veteran Elton Jochen. The 96-year-old La Grange resident studied the sepia picture of a young man in uniform and then grinned from ear to ear.

“Yes, that’s my buddy. That’s Clarence Stanzel. It is just the way I remember him,” Elton told Melinda. She made a special trip from Houston to visit Elton because he had served with her dad in the U.S. Army.



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