Local WWII veteran reunited with bracelet after more than 70 years

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A bracelet that’s been missing for more than 70 years is being given back to its rightful owner.

A gift to the John Edward Hill, 93, from his mother.

“She loved me, simple as that,” said Ed Hill.

His name and a heartfelt message of “come home safely” inscribed.

He would, but not the bracelet. Ed says the bracelet was stolen while he was under attack.

But, what’s lost will always be found and more than 70 years later, that rings true.

Michelle Waltos, who works for the Northern Onondaga Public Library, was contacted by a Frenchman on Facebook saying he found it on the edge of an old battlefield in a suburb of Normandy using his metal detector.

“The serial number was critical on the bracelet,” said Waltos.

They used Hill’s military ID number inscribed on the inside to track down his address and family.

Wednesday, they met for the first time on Skype.

And like a memory long forgotten, it all came flooding back: the war, a bracelet, and a mother’s love that helped bring him home.

Ed’s family exchanged addresses with the Frenchman today, so he should be reunited with his bracelet soon.

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