|Slain soldier's son to get lost medal|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
CHICAGO ó John Trinca couldnít remember the name of the soldier who died right next to him minutes after they met during World War II, and all Thomas Bateman Jr. knew of his fatherís death was that it happened in 1945 in the Philippines.
The two will meet for the first time Sunday thanks largely to Tom McAvoy, who made good on a quest to return a lost war medal he found as a child in Chicago that only had the recipientís engraved name as a clue: Thomas Bateman.
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