Internet Search Reunites Sailor with Lost Hat After 27 Years

As people search engines grow more powerful, the world grows smaller. This story from The Daily Press reports on a man who reunited a sailor and his lost military hat, 27 years after it was swept out to sea.

After doing an extensive internet search, Vietnam veteran Will Miller reunited sailor Jeff Harris with his lost military cap after 27 years.

From the article —

One cold, rain-swept night in 1979, tethered to the deck of the nuclear attack submarine USS Birmingham (SSN-695) entering Hampton Roads Harbor, sonar technician Jeff Harris was hit by a wind-whipped wave that snatched his ship’s ball cap.

Months later, while walking along Chesapeake Boulevard beach in Hampton, Will Miller, a Vietnam veteran and Navy commander, happened upon Harris’ cap, half-buried in the sand. Knowing how important a ship’s cap is to its owner, Miller salvaged the hat, hoping one day to find its owner. The cap was packed away for years but recently resurfaced at Miller’s Florida home.

“It suddenly fell out of a box onto my computer keyboard, right in front of me,” said Miller. “I guess it was telling me, ‘It’s time to get me home.’ ”

An extensive Internet search led Miller to a USS Birmingham Web site and finally to Harris. The two sent e-mails back and forth, and one night Miller’s phone rang.

“This is Jeff Harris,” the voice on the phone said. “You have my hat!”

The two sailors talked for almost half an hour, exchanging sea stories, the common bond between mariners.

“Most non-seagoing folks wouldn’t appreciate how attached a sailor gets to his hat,” Miller said. “Your hat protects you from sun, wind, salt and cold, and when you lose it, especially one with your ship’s name on it, it’s a big thing. I’m delighted to get it back to Jeff.”

This article shows how powerful free web searches can be, when trying to find people and do background research. If Will Miller can reunite Jeff Harris with his lost military hat after 27 years, you can certainly find the people and background information that you are searching for with a little effort and creativity.

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