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WWII sailor’s diary found, given to family

Apr. 14, 2013 - 11:41AM   |  
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LEXINGTON, Ky. — A recycling worker’s love of reading saved a World War II sailor’s journal for the man’s family.

According to WLEX-TV, John Banks spotted a damp and muddy book while working at a Garrard County recycling site where debris was trucked in from demolitions. He set is aside and examined it at lunchtime.

It was a diary kept by George Colvin Egnew of Cynthiana from 1944-1946 when he was stationed in Japan with the U.S. Navy.

Banks called WLEX and the station broadcast the discovery. A family member saw the newscast and called Egnew’s daughter, Catherine Cole, in Nicholasville. Dairy and daughter were united Saturday.

Cole said she didn’t know about the diary kept by her late father. Banks said it probably came from the demolition of an old house.

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