Upstate WWII Soldier’s Bible Returned 73 Years Later

Close up of hands clasped on open Bible

Way back on November 19, 1944, a soldier named Johnie Duncan wrote his name, hometown of Westminster, South Carolina, and his mother’s name inside an Army-issued Bible. But at some point after that, he lost it and the Bible was found on the battlefield by another soldier, Joe Sparks, who kept it until his death.

Sparks nephew and niece wanted to get that Bible back to the Duncan family and turned to social media for help tracking them down. It didn’t take long for them to locate Duncan’s relatives and now the Bible is back with them after all these years, and they’re so happy to have this memento.

"The first reaction is, 'I wonder what this Bible has seen and what he was thinking on that day in time in 1944 at 22 or 23 years old," Johnie’s son, Danny Duncan, says. "It most definitely felt like a piece of him."

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