2010-07-08 / Local & State

Pa. Kayaker Finds 46 Stolen Military Grave Markers

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – An Allentown kayaker has some detective work in store after finding a cache of military grave markers in the Lehigh River.

Joe Brozowski says he found 46 of the small markers in shallow water near a Catasauqua bridge last month.

Veterans groups and local governments usually place the markers to honor military service. But in recent years they have become an all-too common target for thieves eyeing the value of their metal.

Brozowski hopes to return the markers to their rightful place. But his task is complicated by the fact they do not bear the names of individual soldiers.

He says some appear to honor service dating back to the Civil War.

There are no signs of corrosion, suggesting they were dumped recently.

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