Friday, February 15, 2013

Stories That Make You Go...


Medals belonging to Sask. veteran returned to family
"A car crash killed John “Jack” Austin Gibbens in 1957, but his surviving relatives caught a glimpse of the Saskatchewan man for one afternoon when a box of his war medals were returned to the family.

The Canadian military medals and patches from the Second World War stored in an old chocolate box were lost several years ago and recently found by Saskatoon resident Thom Cholowski. The medals revealed much about the man’s military service, but only small clues about their owner.

After months of exhaustive detective work leading him to Gibbens, Cholowski, a conservation manager at the Western Development Museum, returned the medals to the veteran’s family."
"Seven of Jack’s relatives, together spanning three generations, met with Cholowski at the museum, where he detailed his research efforts and what he learned about Jack, his wife Hazel and daughter Dianna — both died with Jack in the car crash — before returning the medals."
"Jack’s medals — including one so well cared for that frequent polishing had erased much of its engraved image — were stolen from a farmhouse several years ago, according to the family.

Cholowski found the medals in a display case at a Saskatoon Value Village. The contents lacked anything identifying the owner."


49 abandoned California dogs take RV trip to new homes in Canada
"Forty-nine dogs of all sizes, ages and breeds, have moved countries to seek their first loving home ever. The dogs were in an overcrowded 'no-kill' shelter in Palm Springs, Calif. but following 8 days in an RV are now citizens of Halifax, Nova Scotia."
Who couldn't fall in love with a face like that?

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Blogger SnoopyTheGoon said...

The veteran story is certainly a heart-warming one. As for dogs... oh well, let them be, long as cat food is plentiful...

February 16, 2013 4:51 am  

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