WWII Coke bottle from Sherman found halfway around the world
(KTEN) — A piece of Sherman history showed up in an unexpected place: The South Pacific.
Gaylon Wampler was snorkeling off the coast of Vanuatu — an island some 7,200 miles distant from Grayson County — when he spotted a glass bottle sticking out of the mud. When he pulled it out, he found a familiar green glass Coca-Cola bottle.
On the bottom of the container were the words SHERMAN TEX.
Wampler estimates the bottle was made in 1945.
"My wife and I were sitting there on the beach, cleaning it up — you couldn't hardly read anything — and then I cleaned the bottom part and saw that, and I was like, 'Whoa, that's incredible!'"
The bottles came from a World War II U.S. Army base. When the troops left, they dumped vehicles, clothes, and food into the ocean, including unopened cases of Coca-Cola.
Vanuatu is located in the South Pacific. (Google Maps)