While there are many stories of
The photo to the left is not Sgt. de Schneider, but it was taken in Italy later during the war.
The story takes a twist 35 years later as Joseph P. Mastrangelo, a Washington Post correspondent read about the raffle and bottle in Ernie Pyle's book, Brave Men. In 1979, Mastrangelo attempted to locate Sergeant de Schneider to see what had happened to the bottle. After extensive searches with the Veterans Administration and American Legion, he could not locate the Sergeant. However, Mastrangelo was able to find Sgt. Lawrence Presnell who won the miniature bottle and wrote the story about the bottles for the Washington Post in May, 1979. At this point, The
I did some computer searches yesterday to see if I could locate Sergeant William de Schneider after all this time and did not have any luck either. So if anyone knows where he ended up after the war, leave a comment. I would love to hear the rest of the story about the $ 4,000 bottle of Coke.
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