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Johnson City veteran’s book returned to his son decades later

VESTAL (WBNG) — On this Veterans Day, a local veteran’s book is connecting two strangers.

Vestal resident Ken Fortier told 12 News he had an old World War II book in his attic for 33 years. As he was packing his things as he got ready to move to Florida, he was inspired to return it to its rightful owner.

The name inside the book is John Lennon, of Johnson City. After a Google search, Fortier found his son, John Lennon, Jr. His family still lives in Johnson City, and on Monday, a piece of their history was restored.

“I was kinda shocked after all these years to recover something like this. I didn’t even know existed,” said Lennon Jr.

Fortier and Lennon met for the first time Monday. The pair met at Lennon’s father’s grave site at Vestal Hill Cemetary.

While he passed away about nine years ago, Lennon Jr. says his father never revealed much about his time at war, and the book is helping fill in some missing pieces.


Chloe Vincente

Chloe Vincente is an Evening News Anchor at 12 News.

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