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Lost journal returned to soldier after 10 years

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Kerri Clemons and her husband Tim made the eight hour round trip from Arab to Ft. Benning to meet Bailey, to give him the journal, and to say thank you. Kerri Clemons and her husband Tim made the eight hour round trip from Arab to Ft. Benning to meet Bailey, to give him the journal, and to say thank you.
ARAB, AL (WAFF) -

They'd never officially met, until Friday at Ft. Benning, Georgia. However, Arab's Kerri Clemons felt like she knew Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Bailey all too well. After all, she had a glimpse into his mind from his first tour of duty in Afghanistan. Then Pvt. 1st Class Bailey lost his journal there in 2004, and somehow it wound up at Mike's Merchandise, a thrift store, in Guntersville. Kerri found it, bought it, and read it.

"He talked about in the journal, where they would be in their trucks, and children would run along behind them begging for water, and you guys would give them water and how dehydrated you were," said Clemons.

She hung onto the journal, trying to find him or his family. She felt it was her duty to say thank you for his duty to his country. She didn't know if he was dead or alive.

"Someone in his family was going to get it because I would want somebody to do that for my family."

Kerri's a long-time friend of mine and asked us to help locate Bryan Bailey. You, our viewers, helped us track him down in a few hours.

He said he was overwhelmed. Not so much by the journal, but that somebody, a stranger, cared that much about him and his service.

"I see it happen," he said. "You know, soldiers get stuff like this all the time, but it just doesn't happen to me."

Kerri Clemons and her husband Tim made the eight hour round trip from Arab to Ft. Benning to meet him, to give him the journal, and to say thank you. A wonderful final entry made into a journal lost a world away, but it turns out, it's a small world.

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