Palatine Group Helps Bring WWII Prayer Book Home

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    A Palatine organization helped a lost World War II prayer book find its home with the family of the American soldier it belonged to.

    A French boy found the book, which belonged to James Hoban, in 1944 and through connections with the Palatine Sister Cities Association went on a mission to return it, the Daily Herald reported.

    Member of the Sister Cities group and veteran Ken Asmann reportedly used genealogical records, phone books and obituaries to locate Hoban's surviving family members after he learned the solider survived the war but died in the 1970s.

    Asmann eventually located Hoban's niece, Patricia Hoban, in Pennsylvania and made a special box to send the book in, according to the Daily Herald.