Lost military jacket found on NJ beach after Sandy

In this photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, Teresa deGavre smiles as she looks at her late husband's West Point uniform jacket at her home near Onancock, Va. (AP Photo/Eastern Shore News, Malissa Watterson)

In this photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, Teresa deGavre smiles as she looks at her late husband's West Point uniform jacket at her home near Onancock, Va. (AP Photo/Eastern Shore News, Malissa Watterson)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A more-than-80-year-old military jacket found on the New Jersey Shore following Superstorm Sandy is back in the hands of its owner’s widow in Virginia.

Donna Gugger of Holland, Pa., uncovered 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 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.

A Nov. 28, 2012 photo made in Onacock, Va., shows a West Point uniform jacket belonging to the late Chester deGavre that was found at a New Jersey beach by Donna Gugger of Holland, Pa. after Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Eastern Shore News, Malissa Watterson)

A Nov. 28, 2012 photo made in Onacock, Va., shows a West Point uniform jacket belonging to the late Chester deGavre that was found at a New Jersey beach by Donna Gugger of Holland, Pa. after Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Eastern Shore News, Malissa Watterson)

Gugger drove to Virginia’s Eastern Shore this week to deliver the jacket to deGavre’s 98-year-old widow, Tita.

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

This article was provided by The Associated Press.  (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



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