On a recent cruise sailing from Florida to the Caribbean, two vacationers were surprised to find they shared a hometown.

James Maurer, of West Allis, Wis., said he and Robert Narcavage, of North Kingstown, R.I., came face-to-face for the first time May 3 during a meeting of former veterans on the MS Freedom of the Seas.

Both grew up in Shamokin and later served in the military.

Maurer graduated in 1964 from Our Lady of Lourdes. He served four years in the Navy, including a year in Vietnam. A retired cook, he prepares meals for the homeless on Thursdays and works at the Renaissance Place in Milwaukee, helping with wedding events.

Narcavage also originates from Shamokin. He was in the Marine Corps in the late 1960s and served a tour of duty in Okinawa, Japan. Narcavage returns to Shamokin to visit his family, Mr. and Mrs. Lorrine Schenewerk, and John and Sandra Schenewerk.