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After hat washed up on beach, retired NC lawyer returned it to Navy officer
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After hat washed up on beach, retired NC lawyer returned it to Navy officer

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Hickory attorney Jeff Mackie found a hat washed up on the beach at Corolla on the N.C. coast. He learned the hat belonged to a commanding officer in the U.S. Navy and returned it to him.

A Hickory man found a Navy officer’s hat while vacationing on the North Carolina coast in June. A few weeks later, he found the owner.

Jeff Mackie was on vacation with his wife when they saw a hat wash up on the beach. On the hat was the name “USS Ramage” with a crest and the words “Par Excellence.” On the back were the letters “CO,” meaning Commanding Officer.

“It was in pretty good shape,” Mackie said.

He said he searched for the owner of the hat at the beach, but no one claimed it.

He researched the name of the ship and found out it was a guided missile destroyer. He reached out to a few contacts in the Navy and asked if they knew how to get in touch with the hat’s owner.

On July 12, Mackie received an email from Isaac Harris saying, “You found my cover!!!” Harris explained in the email that he had lost the hat while at sea.

Harris is the current commanding officer of the USS Ramage, according to the U.S. Navy website.

Mackie said he mailed the hat to Harris soon after getting in touch with him.

Mackie served in the Army Reserve for six years. “One of the reasons for trying to find him (Harris) is the respect I have for the military,” he said.

Mackie is a retired lawyer who lives in Hickory.

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