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WW II veteran’s great grandson recognizes misplaced headstone


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 Kilgore.

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.

"A 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.

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.

"There 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."

Casida's father and grandfather have both passed but his mother lives in Longview. Virgil Green died when Casida was 14 years old.

"I wish I would have known him longer and better but the memories I have are good."

Casida 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."

Casida says it's fate his family found out about the headstone and are now able to honor their veteran's memorial once again.

Casida says he plans on coming back to Texas this summer. He says seeing his great grandfather's headstone will be his first stop.

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