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Lost military jacket found on post-Sandy NJ beach

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Photo -   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. The Chester B. deGavre's jacket was discovered on a beach in New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy by Donna Gugger of Holland, Pa. who returned it Wednesday. (AP Photo/Eastern Shore News, Malissa Watterson) NO SALES
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. The Chester B. deGavre's jacket was discovered on a beach in New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy by Donna Gugger of Holland, Pa. who returned it Wednesday. (AP Photo/Eastern Shore News, Malissa Watterson) NO SALES
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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.

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 deGavre family are happy it's back in its rightful place.

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