World War ll era saddle returns to Nevada

Reported by: Madison Corney
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Updated: 12/21/2012 12:21 am
Reno, NV (KRNV & -- A handmade saddle made by Reno residents in 1945 returned to the Silver State today, Dec. 20, 2012. 

It's a story of patriotism. Sixty-seven years ago during World War ll Admiral William Halsey told the media he wanted to ride the horse of the Japanese Emperor. To Halsey’s astonishment Reno Residents built him a saddle.

Decades later the saddle is back in the Silver State, thanks to Washoe Family Court Judge, Chuck Weller who uncovered the history of the saddle.

Until now, the famous piece of history has been stored at the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland.  Judge Weller traveled to Annapolis just to view the rare saddle.

Now, the Nevada State Museum will be the proud home of the saddle for the next three years just in time to celebrate the state's 150th birthday in 2014.

The saddle's visit to Nevada is being funded through a generous donation from the E.L. Cord Foundation.  

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