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#1 Trotsky1940

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 12:59 PM

I figured this belonged here. At the University I teach at one day I get a call from the mail room. They had a box with no return address and a note saying "I stole this hat from Col. Gabe as a prank and regretted it ever since, please return it to him."

 

I'm the resident military nerd, so they called me. The hat in question is a early '60s custom job from Flight Ace, with O-5 "scrambled eggs" on the visor. There was a "property of" card in the crown so that made my job a little easier. Also, this hat was one of the smallest military hats I've ever come across, size 6 and 3/8s.

 

It took about a day but I found that Don Gabe had been a Professor of Military Science for the ROTC program in the middle 1960s. He had a decent career as a Engineer, eventually retiring as a full Colonel. After I found that I set about looking for his family. That was kinda bleak as it looks like he lost two children early on and his wife passed in 2008. He died in 2013. I found his surviving son, I thought, so I shot an e-mail to him. And I was right! It was one of the weird "out of the blue" moments for him.

 

So last week I sent the hat back to his son. A fun little story with a great ending.

 

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#2 hellcat_0413

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 01:03 PM

Great work!



#3 1canpara

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 01:18 PM

Well done! What a great story and I'm sure his son was very appreciative of your efforts. 



#4 sgtdorango

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 01:58 PM

Thats great👍🏻....mike

#5 sundance

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 02:13 PM

Great to see it returned to the family.



#6 skypilot6670

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 03:21 PM

Well done. Congratulations. Mike

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Posted 13 May 2019 - 05:57 PM

Bravo

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Posted 13 May 2019 - 07:57 PM

Excellent work! 




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