Decades Old Military Jacket Returned To Owner’s Widow

RICHMOND, Va. (November 30, 2012)--A more-than-80-year-old military jacket that was found on the New Jersey Shore after Superstorm Sandy has been returned to its owner's widow in Virginia.

Donna Gugger of Holland, Pa., discovered the ornate gray jacket while cleaning up storm debris along the shore.

Clues on the inside of the jacket led her to West Point and eventually to the family of the late Chester B. deGavre.

The 1933 West Point graduate served in combat in Europe and Korea and earned a Silver Star and the Legion of Merit with three oak-leaf clusters during his Army career.

Gugger drove to Virginia's Eastern Shore this week to deliver the jacket to deGavre's widow, Tita, 98.

While details of the jacket's journey are a mystery, Gugger and the deGavre family are happy it's back in its rightful place.


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