Lost for 70 Years, a World War II Bracelet Comes Home

Three days before Christmas, nearly 70 years after war hero Warren McCauley lost his silver identification bracelet in the mountains of Tuscany, a group of his relatives gathered in Orange County, California to watch his widow pull the special band from a small red pouch. The bracelet had just arrived from Italy, and 85-year-old Twila McCauley couldn't believe what she was handling. "It's unreal to hold it now," said Twila McCauley, gazing at the 7-inch chain and small plague. "It's just so amazing." The silver bracelet's long journey home is a story of luck, technology, and the spooky power of artifacts carried in war.

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