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Retired veteran put on new mission to reconnect man with lucky charm

Posted June 15

— Retired Vietnam veteran Ben Wiese always keeps a marble in his truck.

"Well, I don't want it sitting in my house when I run across him in Council Bluffs," said Wiese.

He hopes someday he'll find its owner.

He knows it belongs to another Vietnam veteran, one he thinks may be from Council Bluffs.

"[The man] found this thing in the middle of nowhere," said Wiese. "He put it in his pocket and it got him through Vietnam."

He calls it the man's good luck charm.

Last year, the man passed off the marble to a man named Jerry Conner, the national coordinator for the National Veterans Awareness Ride.

The unknown man asked Jerry Conner to take a photo of the marble next to the Vietnam memorial when the riders made it to Washington.

"Jerry said to me 'I didn't get this gentleman's name,'" said Wiese.

He asked Wiese to use his contacts with the local veterans to try to find out if anyone knows him.

Wiese hopes this story will get the word out.

"If I can help a veteran out, that's great," said Wiese.

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