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Vietnam vet from Oyster Bay reunited with lost military hat

Walter Benka lost his hat when he got into an SUV that he thought was his.

News 12 Staff

Sep 16, 2022, 4:21 PM

Updated 644 days ago

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A Vietnam vet who lost his Navy cap a few months ago has been reunited with his treasured possession.
Walter Benka lost his hat when he got into an SUV that he thought was his. He tossed the hat in the backseat, but then realized he was in the wrong car. He got out of the SUV but forgot to take his hat.
"When I got into the car I threw the hat into the backseat," said Benka. "I always do, a creature of habit. I threw it in the back seat then I realized, gee, the car seat is not right and I said to my wife, we're in the wrong car. So we got out."
Benka had almost given up hope until last week when he bumped into the owner of the SUV at the park where he lost his hat. Benka approached the owner, Thomas Venza, and to his surprise the hat was still in the backseat.
"I said this hat is a special hat," added Venza. "There is no way this guy don't want this hat back."
"And I heard it and I throw my arms up and go we're the hat people, we're that hat people," said Linda Benka, Walter's wife.
Benka says he not only found his hat but also made a new friend with the man who held onto the cap.


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