Vietnam vets reconnect at Pinehurst No. 2

Vietnam vets reconnect via Facebook

Terry Heyl and Dave Langley pose for a photo before a round on Pinehurst No. 2. The Vietnam veterans reconnected Friday after more than 40 years.

Terry Heyl and Dave Langley were a bundle of nerves as they approached the Pinehurst clubhouse this morning.

And rightly so. The Air Force veterans hadn’t seen each other in more than 40 years.

“You don’t know what to expect,” Heyl said.

Of course, the meeting went smoothly. They shook hands, they smiled, they laughed.

Heyl and Langley, roommates during the Vietnam War, reconnected through a post on the Pinehurst Facebook page back in September.

Langley left a comment under a photo of the Carolina Hotel and 20 minutes later Heyl asked “Were you in Da Nang?”

“Were you in Da Nang?” “YES. OMG. Terry!”

Langley’s response, “YES. OMG. Terry!”

“I was going to just type ‘Yes,’ but then I saw the name and thought ‘Oh my god, that’s incredible,’” Langley said. “It felt really good.”

It seems the stars aligned for the chance meeting. Terry joined Facebook just month before the two reconnected. Heyl primarily uses the social media platform to stay in touch with family.

“I never write on Facebook,” Heyl said. “Never.”

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The Facebook post that reconnected Terry Heyl and Dave Langley.

Their first face-to-face meeting included light-hearted joking and story swapping before they set off for a round on Pinehurst No. 2.

“We thought we were playing No. 4, so this is a great surprise to us,” Langley said.

Heyl’s son-in-law, John Jefferys, arranged the surprise switcheroo. Jefferys is the new superintendent of No. 2.

“We competed against each other in everything that was available,” Langley said. “We even played golf in a war zone.”

“What better place to meet than Pinehurst No. 2,” Langley said. “Is there any place better in the world?”

During their time in Vietnam, the men were close but competitive. They played everything from basketball to ping pong together.

“We competed against each other in everything that was available,” Langley said. “We even played golf in a war zone.”

Heyl and Langley don’t intend to let another 40 years pass without seeing each other.

“We’ll probably make this a regular thing,” Langley said. “Anytime he comes down to see the grandkids I think we’ll get together.”

Read more about Heyl and Langley’s Facebook connection here.

 

 

 

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