Marine reunited with wallet after four decades - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Marine reunited with wallet after four decades

Posted: Updated:
  • More newsMore>>

  • Vikings place Adrian Peterson on exempt list

    Vikings place Adrian Peterson on exempt list

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 3:22 AM EDT2014-09-17 07:22:44 GMT
    Adrian Peterson was back at Minnesota Vikings headquarters on Monday, and the first thing fullback Jerome Felton did when he saw his star running back was give him a high-five.More >>
    After a day of public pressure from angry fans and concerned sponsors, the Minnesota Vikings have reversed course and placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner's permission list, a move that...More >>
  • Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army not OK as US partners

    Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army not OK as US partners

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 1:37 AM EDT2014-09-17 05:37:01 GMT
    About half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially...More >>
    About half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially rebuilt...More >>
  • Student hit by car in Montgomery continues to recover

    Student hit by car in Montgomery continues to recover

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 12:50 AM EDT2014-09-17 04:50:58 GMT
    A Montgomery student hit by a car after school is showing signs of improvement after weeks in the hospital. The community has rallied around his family as he continues to heal. The accident outside CapitolMore >>
    A Montgomery student hit by a car after school is showing signs of improvement after weeks in the hospital. The community has rallied around his family as he continues to heal. The accident outside Capitol Heights Middle School in Montgomery shed more light on safety concerns for students in the area. More >>
BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

It was a happy reunion for a former Marine and his wallet, four decades after it went missing.

Harry Kolka has never been so thrilled to look over the contents of his wallet. That's because the wallet, with all the memories it holds was stolen back in 1973.

At the time, the Bay City native was a 21-year-old Marine, stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

"I went in to take a shower, I come back and my wall locker had been broken into and my wallet stolen. I looked for the wallet for a couple days. It was gone," says Kolka.

His old barracks were recently torn down and during the demolition, one of the workers found Kolka's wallet stuck between the walls.

An amazing discovery, Kolka's mother didn't believe when someone from the base called her trying to track him down.

Fortunately for Kolka, Marines are taught to be persistent. Now, he has proof that his first car only cost $1,400.

Also in the wallet were three pictures of Harry's old girlfriends. One of the pictures is Charlene, his current wife of 39 years.

Charlene says all is well that ends well. She has her man and he got his wallet back.

Even though it took 40 years, he's thankful to his comrades for not stopping until a wrong had been made right.

"They kept looking for me. For over two months. Who would go through that much time and say this guy don't exist and throw it away," said Kolka.

Copyright 2014 WNEM (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. 

Powered by WorldNow