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Item Found: Returned

Location: Georgia

Metal Detector Used: Beach Series (800-0293)


July 1st, 2010
   Lost ID bracelet returned after 55 years

On August 20th 2009 while hunting an old swimming hole in Georgia with my White's BeachHunter ID I found an old ID bracelet in waist deep water about 12 inches deep in the sand. It was a mess when I found it in my scoop but after a little work with some silver polish the crud came off and revealed a name on the face and a service number on the back. There is an Air force Base in our area and I have some friends that retired from the service so I took the bracelet to town to show it to them and asked for help to see if we could find the owner. My friend Norm took the lead and said he would try to find the owner named Don H.

Norm hadn't had any luck finding the owner and on October 19th the wife and I packed up for a 5 week camping trip to the Florida Keys. I put the bracelet and a few class rings I had found in a plastic bag and took them along to show my camping buddies. This is the part that is hard to believe. On November 18th I got a call from home and Norm had found Don and gave me his number. At this time we were staying at Big Pine Key and Don was 45 miles away living in Islamorada. I called him and we were both so excited as we put the pieces together of when he lost the bracelet and how I found it. He lost it in 1954 when he was 22 years old and in his last year in the service. So it had been in the water for 55 years. What were the odds that he would move from Georgia to the Keys, over 500 miles from where he lost it, that I would be in the Keys on vacation and have the bracelet with me, and that Norm would locate him to set this all up?

Well Don and his wife came to meet us at the campground November 28th and the bracelet was returned. We sat and talked for over an hour and I showed them the pictures of the old swimming hole and the bracelet when I found it. This is the first time I have been able to return a personal item and the feeling is priceless. Don was all smiles as we said goodbye and we were just as happy as he was.

Thanks White's, for a great metal detector!

Sincerely,

Jim (GA)
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