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The River Reporter received an email from Bill Davis, a man from Georgia who made an interesting discovery while cleaning out the basement of his wife’s house: a small box containing several items related to the military service of Col. Harry A. Conroy.
“I have tried using the internet to identify possible relatives of his who might be happy to have these items in their possession,” Davis wrote. He had no luck, he admits, until he found a 2003 TRR article by Chris Conroy about the 75th anniversary of Smallwood, NY that mentions a local historian named Col. Harry Conroy. “I wonder if these military items might be associated with the referenced Col. Harry Conroy.”
His wife’s late father lived in New York during the late 1990s and often shopped at flea markets, where it is likely he picked up this small box of Conroy’s artifacts. His wife has “no recollection of Harry A. Conroy having an association with her family.”
Conroy’s military ID card shows that he was born on November 14, 1888. Along with Conroy’s dog tag and an envelope containing two bullets that wounded him, Davis also found a small journal where Conroy recorded his involvement as a private in WWI, including the Second Battle of the Marne.
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