It’s a reunion more than seven decades in the making.
After over seven decades, 96-year-old WWII veteran Charles Bernhardt has been reunited with a bracelet that’ been engraved with his name and regimental number.
“My goodness, after 73 years, it’s back!” he said through an ear-to-ear grin on Friday.
Bernhardt received the bracelet from a sweetheart in London in 1944, but traded it for food while fighting to liberate the Netherlands from Germany the following year.
“We stopped there and they had some eggs, I had no money, but I felt I should give her something,” he said.
It was the family farm of Bernadina Smith.
She never parted with the bracelet, even after she immigrated to the U.S. after the war.
The mystery of who the brave Canadian solider was followed her family for generations.
“She was grateful to have the Canadian soldiers come and help liberate, so that’s what prompted trying to locate Charlie,” said …