Broken Mystery Tombstone Belongs to WWII Vet

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MANSFIELD, Ohio — The mystery of a World War II veteran’s broken tombstone found in a Mansfield woman’s yard has been solved.

The woman made the unexpected discovery in her Bailey Drive yard Monday — the broken tombstone stands about a foot and a half high and a foot and a half wide, and is meant to lay in the ground as a flat stone.

The right half of the stone was missing, and said only the words “Worl,” “Penns,” and “S Sgt 128” along with a birth date.

According to Anthony Tomasco, of the Mansfield crime lab, a member of the Richland County Veterans Association put together different pieces of information to figure out who the stone belonged to.

Police said it is that of Leroy Paul Miller, born Jan. 8, 1923. He died March 12, 1969 and was buried in Mansfield Cemetery. He was in the army.

Officials have not yet been able to contact the man’s family.

But a brand new stone will be placed at Miller’s grave, and the veterans association will take care of the costs, according to police.

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