World War II soldier’s duffel bag returned 7 decades later
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. A World War II veteran who served in France during the war has been reunited with his Army issued duffel bag nearly seven decades after it went missing.
William Kadar, 92, opened a carefully wrapped package Tuesday at his Merrillville, Ind., home and found his drab green duffel bag inside, still stenciled in black with his name and serial number. Kadar last saw the bag used by soldiers to tote nike mercurial superfly their gear in November 1944, a month before he was captured by the Germans.
Kadar’s granddaughter, Arleen Haas, s nike mercurial superfly aid the bag was found and kept by a family in Rehaupal, France. The teen’s great grandparents were killed when the nike mercurial superfly ir house was bombed by the Germans when his grandfather was 10 years old.
The teen was initially reluctant to return the bag since it was a symbol of his family’s history, but the family eventually decided to send it to Kadar. Haas said her family hopes to speak to the boy through Skype soon.
“It’s given us a deeper understanding of what he and others went through,” said another of Kadar’s granddaughters, Amy Parsons, of Valparaiso. as much. (Kadar) always said, ‘It’s a miracle I came home.’ ”
Kadar was captured by the Germans in December 1944 in Mittelwihr, France. He lost nearly 80 pounds in a prison camp before it was liberated in April 1945.
Someone from there contacted the family about the duffel bag after the French boy’s uncle asked the Texas Military Museum for help in finding the owner.
Kadar’s daughter, Lynn Sattler, said the ex nike mercurial superfly perience left her with a mixture of emotions.
“I’m amazed it’s been found, grateful that it was sent back to him, and bittersweet because he doesn’t remember (the war), but parts of it do come back,” Sattler said.