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Navy Lieutenant Gets Wallet Back 53 Years After Losing It in Antarctica – NBC Boston – Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts 2021-02-11 19:15:11 –

A San Diego Navy veteran who lost his wallet during his service in Antarctica 53 years ago has regained his wallet thanks to his family in New Hampshire.

“This is a little faded,” said Paul Grisham’s wife, Carol Salazar.

It’s been over 50 years since the beat-up brown leather wallet was put in someone’s pocket.

“1968,” said Salazar.

“It’s been a long time, a kid,” Grisham laughed.

But finally, more than half a century later, it’s back on the right.

“It was like a sudden bolt,” Grisham said. “I’m just stunned.”

In the 1960s, Operation Deep Freeze sent Lieutenant Navy Grisham to Antarctica.

“The temperature is so low that it goes against the explanation,” he said.

He spent 13 months there, predicting the weather for incoming ships and aircraft.

Recently, during a demolition at an old Grisham base, a man found two wallets and sent them to a friend in New Hampshire.

NBC10 Boston couldn’t ask these granite citizens for comment, but it does know that they were with the help of Indiana veteran Bruce McKee.

“I just decided if someone could help me find theirs, I’m going to do that,” McKee said of Zoom.

He founded the Indiana Spirit of ’45, an organization dedicated to reuniting veterans with lost goods.

In this case, he spent days scrutinizing the internet and making phone calls.

“We needed a lot of different searches on about 45 different sites,” McKee said.

Finally, he received a call back from Grisham himself.

“The first reply I made was,’Did Grisham lose his wallet in Antarctica?’ And he suddenly laughed and said,’I forgot it.'” McKee recalled.

Among them, Grisham found a Navy ID card, a nuclear war reference sheet, a scribbled Kahlua recipe, and even a beer ration card.

“25 bottles of beer were allowed,” Grisham explained. “I didn’t care about beer, so I drank four glasses. I have a martini pension.”

There was no money in his wallet, but this 91-year-old veteran says the memories it holds are valuable.

“Well, that’s really fun,” he said. “I enjoy it.”

Grisham said he was contacted by reporters around the world.

He has also been called by two men who worked together in Antarctica and has not spoken since.

Grisham called those long postponed conversations “icing on the cake.”



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