It was raining steadily when the Wooster Victory pulled into New York Harbor on November 20, 1945. Despite the weather, every man was on deck, soaking himself to the bone just for the pleasure of seeing Lady Liberty. They cheered wildly, shaking hands, madly hugging each other.
Nixon stared up at the statue, dark hair plastered to his head in a shining mat, eyes narrowed against the downpour.
“Beautiful, isn’t she?” asked Winters, moving to stand beside his longtime friend.
“Gorgeous,” Nixon conceded. “I never thought I’d see her again.”
Winters smiled and slowly threaded his wet fingers between Nixon’s.
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