WWII medals found in storage unit; couple working to return to owner
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A Louisville couple is working to solve a mystery after discovering medals left in a storage unit.
Both Stephanie Kalbaugh and her husband David Kalbaugh work at Aladdin Self Storage in East Louisville where they found a beautiful collection of World War II medals.
"The first one that stands out is the purple heart," said Stephanie.
"They're real special," said David. "That man basically laid his life on the line for our country."
David, who is an Air Force veteran, has carefully checked out each one. "It looks like he spent the whole time in World War II, he started out at one campaign in Europe and then finished up in Asia and he was in the Army with the 101st Airborne or Third Ranger Battalion."
In August, the Kalbaugh's stumbled upon the treasure in the office storage unit. The couple believes that someone stored the medals there years ago, possibly when the facility was under different ownership.
"Our first reaction was to find out who they belong to and try to get them back to the rightful owner at least to the family of this gentleman," said Stephanie.
But that hasn't been easy, they've tried to look through old records and search online to no luck. They decided to put them on display and immediately customers, especially military vets, were drawn in.
"They tell stories about them, it takes them back to a time when they were in the military and it's really emotional," said Stephanie.
The medals belong to a man named Anthony Grunder, if he's still alive he is most likely in his 90s.
The Kalbaughs need your help in tracking down this war hero or his family. If you have any information please contact Aladdin Self Storage at 502-241-7200 or by email at email@example.com
The business is located at:
3413 Collins Lane
Louisville, KY 40245.
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