Stories of Compassion and Decency: We’ll Meet Again

Christina Knight | November 7, 2018
Executive Producer and Reporter Ann Curry. Photo: Stephanie Berger.

We’ll Meet Again Executive Producer and Reporter Ann Curry. Photo: Stephanie Berger.

If you’re looking for stories of hope, courage and resilience, and enjoy learning from history’s most dramatic events through the personal experiences of those who lived through them, look no further than the PBS series We’ll Meet Again.

We’ll Meet Again travels across the country and around the world to help people reconnect to that special someone whose compassionate actions changed the course of their lives. To discover the whereabouts of a fondly missed person, executive producer and reporter Ann Curry and her research team comb archives and search for clues in marriage records and war and immigration documents. The emotional reunions of those separated by time and distance makes for heartwarming viewing, particularly on the Christmas and New Year’s Day broadcasts.

Inspiring stories this second season include that of a Cuban-American who escaped during the 1980 Mariel Boatlift and never forgot the brave skipper who piloted him to a new life in the U.S.; a woman looking for the best friend whose family shielded her during the great Alaskan earthquake of 1964; two Vietnam veterans, one longing to reconnect with the helicopter pilot who rescued him from enemy fire, the other wanting to thank the doctor who saved his leg; and a Holocaust survivor hoping to discover what happened to a fellow survivor he befriended in a displaced persons camp.

Get out the tissues for these inspiring accounts of human decency, whether between old friends or strangers brought together in challenging circumstances.

Saved in Vietnam

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 8 p.m.

Two veterans of the war in Vietnam search for the heroes who saved them. Dave Johnson, a three-tour Army officer, hopes to find the helicopter pilot who answered his desperate Mayday call when he was shot down on the Vietnam-Cambodia border, saving his life and those of his men. Roger Wagner longs to thank the pioneering doctor who saved his leg from amputation when he was wounded while performing guard duty in 1967. Stream now.

Well Meet Again

Dave Johnson and Bruce Grable in episode 1.

Surviving the Holocaust

Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 8 p.m.

Two men who survived the Holocaust search for those who gave them hope in their darkest days. Benjamin Moshe wants to find the friend he left behind when he abandoned their plan to move to Israel. Former Brooklynite Ben Alalouf hopes a 70-year-old photograph will reunite him with a girl who was his first friend in the United States – at a refugee camp for Holocaust survivors in Oswego, N.Y.  Stream now.

Ben Alalouf (fourth from right) and Benjamin Moshe (2nd row right).

Ben Alalouf (fourth from right) and Benjamin Moshe (2nd row right).

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Great Alaskan Earthquake

Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 8 p.m.

On March 27, 1964, the largest earthquake ever recorded in North America struck Alaska, causing catastrophic damage and 131 fatalities. Two children who survived the earthquake search for childhood friends whose families moved away immediately after the quake. Michelle Wiley wants to thank a friend and her mom for shielding her from harm, and Danny Kendall searches for a former Little League teammate. Watch now.

Danny Kendall and Rudolph (Bucky) Svein's little league team, episode Great Alaskan Earthquake.

Danny Kendall and Rudolph (Bucky) Svein’s little league team, episode Great Alaskan Earthquake.

Korean War Brothers in Arms

Tuesday, December 25, 2018, 8 p.m.

Although the fighting in the Korean War ceased in 1953, two men have never forgotten the comrades who helped them make it through tough times. Jim wants to show his gratitude to two lieutenants who inspired him to be brave in battle, and Tony hopes to thank a friend who boosted his spirits aboard a hospital ship.

Escape from Cuba

Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 8 p.m.

In 1959, Fidel Castro’s regime came to power, changing the lives of the Cuban people. Two men who fled the country as children seek to find those who helped them settle in the United States. Nelson left Cuba in 1961 as part of Operation Pedro Pan (when 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban minors arrived in the United States between 1960 and 1962) and hopes to reconnect with the family who took him in. Juan looks for the shrimp boat captain who brought him and his family to safety during the Mariel boatlift in 1980.

The Fight for Women’s Rights

Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 8 p.m.

In the 1970s and 80s, many women were active in the movement for gender equality in the workplace and at home. Two women who faced these challenges search for the friends and mentors who changed their lives. Lynn, the first flight attendant to become a commercial pilot, hopes to find the first female pilot she ever met, while activist Zoe searches for the feminist leader who inspired her to join a demonstration and hunger strike.