Tale of military jacket found on post-Sandy beach prompts others to trace thrift-store finds

News of an 80-year-old military jacket found along the Jersey Shore after Superstorm Sandy has prompted curiosity among the owners of similar coats that were picked up at thrift stores or estate sales.

West Point's alumni association has been busy trying to match the coats to their original owners following an Associated Press story about a 1930s West Point jacket making its journey back to the late Chester deGavre's 98-year-old widow in Virginia.

Those who have asked the association to dig into their jackets' past say they hadn't previously realized the potentially fascinating history behind the intricate gray coats. Some have begun tracing the lives and military service of their original owners.