MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) - The State Treasury Department's unclaimed property vault holds thousands of items, covering the spectrum of strange and beautiful.
Many of them have a limited time left behind locked doors, but some might stay forever.
The Treasury Department's Natalie Rudolph explains, "A lot of the collector items that we get, we do send to auction, but the military medals do not go. They're always here in hopes that someone or a relative that they belong to will realize we've got them, and they will come forward to claim them."
Each medal deserves to find its way home, but among the collection one piece of history truly stands out -- a photo album.
"That was one that we were really hoping we could return," muses Rudolph.
Its yellowed pages peel away like slices of time, holding a uniquely personal look at WWII.
"When we first got it," Rudolph remembers, "we went through, and everybody had to look at it."
Perusing each picture feels like getting to know a friend.
You meet a soldier and his boxing buddy, his father, his mother, a friend, and a best friend.
Rudolph notes, "It just felt so delicate."
The album also holds clues, like an inscription carefully addressed to Terry. It has this picture carefully labeled "Me, Fort Bliss Texas, 1942".
Later, another entry, "Me in Frankfurt, Germany, 1945."
There's a listed discharge date -- December 2, 1945.
The bank that turned the album over to the vault says it belongs to "Terry N. Germany". Maybe that's the soldier's name. Maybe it's just a reference.
Even with little context, history compels everyone who comes across the album to look through it.
But someone or their family misses these moments.
The vault in Montgomery holds many treasures, and many deserve to make their way home.
But some absolutely demand it.
Please help us find the rightful owner of this photo album. If you have any tips as to who the rightful owner might be, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also checking different avenues as well.
Service Branch: U.S. Army
Name listed by bank: Terry N. Germany
Inscription in Album: Terry
Training: Fort Bliss, Texas, 1942
Deployment: Includes Frankfurt, Germany, 1945
Discharge Date: December 2, 1945