The headstone of an East Texas World War II veteran is one
step closer to being back where it belongs.
We first told you about Virgil George Green's headstone last
Thursday. It was found almost a year ago on the banks of the Sabine River near
A Kilgore city official has kept the headstone safe and
Monday her year-long search for Virgil Green's family ended.
Video of the hero's headstone brought one of Virgil George
Green's great grandsons to tears.
flood of memories came back and they were good memories, not sad, but he was,
from everything I remember, he was just a great man," says Kenneth Casida.
lives in Michigan but found out about his great grandfather's misplaced
headstone through the internet. He hopes the headstone will bring him closer to
new-found family members.
is one lady who says Virgil was her grandfather and I didn't know that. I don't
know how many children he had so it's going to help me reconnect with a side of
my family that I haven't seen in over 30 years."
father and grandfather have both passed but his mother lives in Longview.
Virgil Green died when Casida was 14 years old.
wish I would have known him longer and better but the memories I have are good."
is thankful Sonja Wheeler, the Kilgore Cemetery Administrator, never gave up on
finding his family. He says he will do whatever it takes to get Green's
headstone back where it belongs, "I want a place to go see him and talk to him
and he deserves that because he did fight for our country."
says it's fate his family found out about the headstone and are now able to
honor their veteran's memorial once again.
says he plans on coming back to Texas this summer. He says seeing his great
grandfather's headstone will be his first stop.
Monday, July 21 2014 11:41 AM EDT2014-07-21 15:41:34 GMT
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