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01-14-04, 05:12 AM
Bracelet returned nearly 60 years after soldier dies in WWII

7:13 p.m. January 11, 2004

FORT MYERS, Fla. When Virginia Moore's husband was killed in battle during World War II, an identification bracelet she gave him was lost in a foxhole for almost 60 years.

Moore was tearfully reunited with the token Friday when a Belgian police officer gave her the silver piece her husband, Marcus Comer, was wearing when he left to fight in 1944.

"I was speechless," Moore said. "I kissed it. It was wonderful."

Lorenzo Maierna said he found the bracelet inside a foxhole in a forest near Villers-la-Bonne-Eau, Belgium, while searching for World War II artifacts. The history buff hopes to open a World War II museum in Belgium to commemorate American veterans.

Maierna and his wife traveled to give Moore the bracelet in person. Moore agreed to have the bracelet returned after her death, for possible inclusion in the museum.

Comer was killed Jan. 14, 1945, during the Battle of the Bulge. His name and Army serial number were engraved on one side of the bracelet. The words "Love, Ginny" graced the other.