Happy Hour: Scotia Vet's Family Surprised with Military Artifact

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A veteran and history buff, Robert Miller from Clifton Park stumbled upon a piece of "military invasion currency" on eBay while searching for collectibles. Troops used this paper currency overseas and this piece was signed “John Hemstreet” and had a service number on it. After months of research, Miller learned it belonged to"Jack" Hemstreet of Scotia, who joined the Army in 1941, survived D-Day, but was killed in action in Germany four months later. 

Miller tracked down some of Hemstreet’s family members and during Scotia-Glenville's Memorial Day ceremony Monday, he surprised cousin Brendan Gibbons with the artifact.

Gibbons says he plans to hang it on his wall at home with other letters from his grandfather and fallen hero, Jack Hemstreet.


A World War 2 veteran was recently asked by his family to record his life in story. As he was telling it, he revealed that he was studying to become a dentist at Niagara University in 1942. But, he was drafted into the army and never finished his degree.

His daughter reached out to Niagara University and told them her father's life was service deserved an honorary degree. They agreed and last week, in a special ceremony, awarded him an honorary associates degree. The school stated that the now 99-year-old "personifies the values and exemplifies the mission" of Niagara University.

Finally in Georgia, a mailman has been delivering to the same neighborhood for 35 years. He has gotten to know the families, watched the kids grow up and watch the homeowners grow older.

The people on his route have gotten to know him as well and on his last day, they planned something special. They all decorated their mailboxes and left little gifts in them. And at the last mailbox they revealed that they were sending him on a much deserved vacation to Hawaii. They set up a GoFundMe with a goal of $5,000 but they blew right past that and ended up with more than $30,000.

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