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    MIA Bracelet "Hobo 27" *RETURNED*

    So today The Good Sgt and I hit an area in Onslow County with gusto. He has yet to get a MD so he digs when I get a hit. I do feel bad about it but he is insists on digging. The area yielded plenty of small change but then took a turn towards a pause for reflection. At the bottom of a 8 inch deep plug we found a bent piece of copper. I looked and could see letters on it. I kind of had a suspicion of what it was, but the sergeant (with better eyesight) confirmed what it was. Anyway it was a MIA bracelet made of copper. We hurried to a computer to do some research. The bracelet read LtCol Lawrence Tatum, 9-10-66. He was a Major when he was shot down flying his A-1 Skyraider and he was posthumously promoted to LtCol and Col at some point. I am including the link about him and the details behind his being shot down.

    So here is to 'Hobo 27". RIP my friend

    http://www.pownetwork.org/bios/t/t003.htm

    http://airforce.togetherweserved.com...tExt&ID=229105







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    Re: MIA Bracelet "Hobo 27"

    That is some great research you did there. A very special piece of history. Sad that he was never found. Good recovery on you guys part. Congrats.

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    Re: MIA Bracelet "Hobo 27"

    Man, that is awesome. What a nice piece of history. Maybe you can track him down if he's still living. You have all of the tools availabe since you are in the Marines and on active duty. Please keep us updated on this one. OOhraH for sure. Don't Marines ever work on Friday anymore I was on Pendleton today, like most days and Marines are gone by noon What ever happened to a full work day Ron Smith USMC Retired

    Didn't see the link. God bless our MIA's I wonder if he was ever found?? Please do you best to get this to his family. In my military mid, this is a Banner Find I don't care what everyone else thinks on this one. A bitter-sweet find for you

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    Re: MIA Bracelet "Hobo 27"

    I do my MDing after 1630. Unfortunately he was declared dead about 10 years after he was shot down. The bracelet says LtCol and is made of copper. The bracelets now are made of aluminum. I am trying to figure out the dates of his promotions so I can date the age of the bracelet. Either way, it will be on my display shelf in my office on Monday until I can find his family.
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    Re: MIA Bracelet "Hobo 27"

    Quote Originally Posted by Papa Bear
    I do my MDing around my buildings after 1630.
    You mean you actually work a full day on Friday I bet Lejeune sure empties out by 1200. If I get back there this spring we have to meet up. I have a Vietnam Buddy whom I've known for a long time. He lives off of Gum Branch road. I will get back there this year.

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    Re: MIA Bracelet "Hobo 27"

    @zaxfire69: Thanks! It didn't take long. We soon had what we needed to know we had found something special. After some sleuthing I believe that this bracelet is from the late 70's or early 80's.
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    Re: MIA Bracelet "Hobo 27"

    Great find and research. Wish I had known about Metal Dectecting when I was in (75 - 95). Some of the bases I would have had the opportunity to search: Ft. Lewis Wa. Schwabish Gmuned Germany (Old German Barracks), Ft. Bragg NC, Ft. Sam Houston Tx, Ft. Vancouver Wa. Ft Baker and San Fransico Presido (Both are now National Parks) Novato Naval Air Station (sold to the highest bidder), Ft Ben Harrison Indiania (closed of active duty units, now just USAR and NG). Keep hunting and good luck find all the good stuff you can and some will be nice history as your find of the MIA bracelet. And feel free to hunt anytime, during and after work you all deserve it.

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    Re: MIA Bracelet "Hobo 27"

    @Crazyjarhead: Thanks! I will leave to whomever determines banners. He went MIA two months before I was born so I just felt that he deserved a mention out there. As a kid I once made a model of the Douglas Skyraider. I always thought it was an awesome aircraft.
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    Re: MIA Bracelet "Hobo 27"

    you are right this was popular in the 70s to show support by buying a MIA bracelet....hadn't thought of that in years.
    Have detector, Will Travel RJW

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    Re: MIA Bracelet "Hobo 27"

    WOW! Awesome read! You really did some research. good to se a face to link the piece to! Thanks for the post
    Finds as of August, 4th 2014

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    QUARTERS- 4
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    Re: MIA Bracelet "Hobo 27"

    At the bottom of this link is a way you can contact the family. Might be worth a shot, although they might like the bracelet.

    http://www.pownetwork.org/bios/t/t003.htm

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    Re: MIA Bracelet "Hobo 27"

    Already sent a message. We shall see where it leads.
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    Re: MIA Bracelet "Hobo 27"

    It really goes to show that the lost are never forgotten!

    SSgt S

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    Re: MIA Bracelet "Hobo 27"

    Quote Originally Posted by Papa Bear
    Already sent a message. We shall see where it leads.
    That would mean alot to any family member who had lost a love one in the war. Interesting on where this is going. Keep us posted

 

 
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