Man Finds World War II Relic On Italian Beach And Embarks On Quest

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fotorcreatedArtifacts are important to archaeologists and historians because they are first-hand sources that tell a small part of a vastly larger story. Personal artifacts hold a much deeper meaning because they connect us directly to a certain point in our own personal history. Artifacts of war hold a special meaning of a most complicated story that was personal for millions of soldiers who bravely fought for their countries.

To some, they remain buried treasures of a storied past waiting to be rediscovered. To be collected, donated, displayed, and talked about for generations. Artifacts have a way of finding themselves back where they started.

10. Modern Day Treasure Seekers

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001-10-modern-day-treasure-seekers-eb9306bc96ee44bb4163fc37b052debaJury Galli, of Pisa, Italy, wandered down a quiet beach with his trusty metal detector. Searching the beautiful Italian sands for anything from fine jewelry to rusty coins. Personal treasures from careless tourists become seemingly lost into the Earth. They sit and wait for hunters with the patience, stamina, and modern metal detecting equipment.
9. The Allies Begin Italian Campaign

002-9-the-allies-begin-italian-campaign-1002749In 1943, the Allied Forces began the Italian Campaign of World War II which lasted until the end of the war. It is estimated around 220,000 soldiers died in Italy during that time. The beach could be riddled with shrapnel, bullet casings, firearms, and any other metallic personal items carried by soldiers on all sides. Find out if Jury finds anything in slide #8.

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8. The Metal Detector Turns Into A Time Machine

003-8-the-metal-detector-turns-into-a-time-m-1002582Jury’s metal detector began to alert him of something buried below the surface of the sand. He began to dig until he came upon an item worn by every U.S. soldier. Something that could identify injured and fallen soldiers that included basic medical information including blood type and history of inoculations.

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7. Who Was This Mystery Soldier?

004-7-who-was-this-mystery-soldier-1002311Bennie Howard, Jr. from Wendell, North Carolina was deeply engraved on the worn out tags. Who was this soldier? Was he KIA while bravely fighting the enemy in the heat of battle? Had it simply fallen off while he was getting a little “R&R” in between long marches? Jury set out to find this artifact’s story. See if he is able to locate the dog tags owner in slide #6.

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