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The family of a Norwood native got an unexpected - and most welcome - gift this week.

The Army 'dog tags' of Charles Sherman were returned to the family, after being found in western New York a few weeks ago.

"We had a lot of good times together," said Charles's brother, Jim. "He was a good brother - no question about that."

Charles Sherman served in the Army Air Corps Aircraft Maintenance Battalion in Illinois from 1944 to 1946. But his 'dogtags' (identifying tags soldiers wore around their necks) disappeared decades ago.

Then, in March, a Niagara County man walking along the shore of Lake Ontario found the tags.

"Just walking along, I saw them sticking up out of the gravel," said Paul Austin of Ransomville.

A friend of Austin's who is a private investigator found the Sherman family, and returned the tags.

The tags were found at just about the same time Charles Sherman's wife Alice died.

"It gives me goose bumps, thinking about it," said Bernadette Sherman, Charles's sister-in-law.

How did the dog tags end up in western New York? No one knows for sure, but one theory has it that Sherman lost the tags while swimming in Lake Ontario. It makes sense, because Sherman trained in western New York.

As for the tags, they have one more trip to take. Later this year, they'll be given to Charles Sherman's grandson, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq.

 

Friday, April 18, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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