QUANTICO, Va. (AP) — A World War I ceremonial sword that turned up in a Fredericksburg store is being restored by the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico.
The sword is inscribed with the name of Col. Frank Goettge. The Ohio native is known for leading the ill-fated "Lost Patrol" in August 1942 on the island of Guadalcanal, where bitter fighting took place between Americans and Japanese in World War II.
The Free Lance-Star reports that the restoration will include removal of corrosion, repair of the grip handles and stabilization to prevent further deterioration.
Officials say the sword is slated for display in the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame gallery as part of a project set to open in 2016. Goettge was known for his skills on the football field.