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Cadet's 80-year-old jacket washes ashore after Superstorm Sandy


EASTERN SHORE, Va. (WKOW) -- A mystery washes up on a New Jersey beach in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and it led to a woman in Virginia's Eastern Shore.

While cleaning up debris along the New Jersey coastline, Donna Gugger found an interesting jacket. "So I dug it out of the sand and I thought what a great costume, it was close to Halloween and it looked like a Sergeant Pepper jacket and I thought wow this is fun."

But she noticed the tag said "West Point" and it was reissued to "DeGavre." After doing some research, Donna found the jacket belonged to Chester DeGavre, a World War II hero who died in 1993. "And then I started thinking this jacket is going to mean something to somebody, I hope, and I'm going to make sure that I do what I can to find the right people."

Donna eventually found Teresa DeGavre, Chester's widow on the Eastern Shore. She says he fondly remembered his days at West Point as a cadet, but she never knew the jacket existed. "I just couldn't believe it, it would be 82 years old," she says. "He graduated from the Army war college in 1956."

They may never know just where it came from. Teresa says, "Because his parents died many many years ago and that house had changed hands many many times. Whether someone had picked it up as a costume and held it but how did it find itself in the ocean?"

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