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Petaluma family receives recording of relative before he died in WWII

PETALUMA (KRON) - A Petaluma family got a big surprise when they were contacted by history buffs in Missouri.

It turns out that someone had found a recording of one of their relatives and it's believed that the relative died a short time later when his plane crashed in World War II.

The group from Missouri flew to California to give them the audio recording.

They said that the record deserved to be with them because it was the voice of their relative and it was a message to his family.

Earl Garrison is the man who can be heard on the recording who was killed when his bomber plane crashed in 1945.

On this record, you can hear him telling his family not to worry and also saying that he is the happiest man in the world.

His wife was expecting at the time and she later moved to Missouri and has since passed.

The baby also did not make it.

Garrison's brother at one point made his way to the Bay Area.

That brother died four years ago but KRON4 talked with his daughter.

Those who found this family is from Footsteps Researchers and Legacy Lost and Found.

They say that Garrison's wife died in 2003.

A woman acquired the record in 2010 and there was a fire that burned the whole place except for the record and a chair.

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