Colonie official finds missing WWII-era bracelet while metal detecting

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A nearly 75-year-old piece of one local family’s history was thought to be lost forever until someone unearthed it a few weeks ago.

Tom Beaudoin said he was shocked to hear someone had found his father’s bracelet from World War II.

“Somehow the bracelet found its way to the shores of the Hudson River,” he said.

Colonie Town Attorney Mike Maggiulli found it there while he was doing some metal detecting.

“I got a good sound on my detector,” he said. “It was about five inches down, and I dug it up and found this bracelet.”

His next thought was to seek out the Beaudoin family.

“This is the first time where I’ve ever found anything that had a detail enough that I could trace,” Maggiulli said.

With a little help, he was able to track down Beaudoin and return the bracelet.

“A bracelet that my dad had back when he was 22-years old and enlisting in the army,” Beaudoin said.

Beaudoin also has a picture where he believes his father is wearing the bracelet.

“My dad was always fun and everything always seemed to have a story or a complication to it,” he said.

Maggiulli said he knew how much it would mean to return it to the family. He was reunited with his grandfather’s World War I medals last year.

“I thought it would be great to try and get it back to the family,” he said.

Beaudoin is grateful to be reunited with the bracelet. He said it’s just another way his dad has continued to tell him stories.

“He believed in that kind of stuff, and he had that belief go into this children, too,” he said. “You know, there’s a little mystery and magic out there.”

The family doesn’t know what they’ll do with the bracelet from here on out. They might pass it along to other members in the family, and they may also consider donating it to a museum.

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