Not only has Papa Bear found himself the great hobby in metal detecting, it would seem he’s also found himself a great website to go along with that hobby. TreasureNet.
TreasureNet is an Online community of metal detectors and it’s a place that PB seems to be right at home. Lately during his lunches and after hours, he’s been metal detecting around some of the building on base and coming up with some interesting finds.
On February 3rd
“So today I decided to try an area behind my S-3 shop. A Sergeant and I hit it with gusto. He has yet to get a MD so he digs when I get a hit. I do feel bad about it but he is insists on digging. The area yielded plenty of small change but then took a turn towards a pause for reflection. At the bottom of a 8 inch deep plug we found a bent piece of copper. I looked and could see letters on it. I kind of had a suspicion of what it was, but the sergeant (with better eyesight) confirmed what it was. Anyway it was a MIA bracelet made of copper. We hurried back to my office to do some research. The bracelet read LtCol Lawrence Tatum, 9-10-66. He was a Major when he was shot down flying his A-1 Skyraider and he was posthumously promoted to LtCol and Col at some point…” -PB
On February 6th
“All in one hour. My first half dollar (1951 Benjamin), my oldest pre-65 quarter (1953), my first phone token (Goetz 10-W) and first button (USMC screw post). Oh, also got six regular quarters, a dime and a nickel.” -PB
On February 14th
“So today my Sergeant and I hit the area behind my S-3 shop that has been providing some much stuff lately. He has STILL yet to get a MD so he digs when I get a hit. I do STILL feel bad about it but he is insists on digging. The area today, again provided an opportunity for a pause for reflection. At the bottom of a plug we found a bent piece of copper. We instantly knew what it was from the last one we had found. It was another MIA bracelet. There was only half of it but there was enough information to narrow down who it honored. The bracelet honored CW2 Frederick L. Cristman. He went MIA on 3-19-71. He was a CW2 when he was shot down flying his UH1C “Iroquois” and he was posthumously promoted to CW3 some point…” -PB
These are just a few of the posts PB has made on TreasureNet. He’s had other finds and posted them to the site so if you’d like to read about them, I suggest you go to the, Today’s Finds! section of the TreasureNet website and look for Papa Bear’s name in the “Started By” column.