RALEIGH – Sometimes you misplace something and you just give up hope of ever finding it, telling yourself it wasn’t that important anyway. Other times, though, the lost item just means too much to you to ever give up hope.
A Raleigh family’s hope was answered this Christmas when the well-deserved World War II medals of the family patriarch, lost more than a decade ago, were located several states away and returned as a special Christmas gift.
“Edward Fels was a soldier in WWII and his wife, Charlotte, kept a scrapbook as a diligent record of their chapters of their lives.
Fels’ daughter-in-law, Victoria Fels, and her late husband, John, took the scrapbook from the home when Charlotte died in 2006. It was the family’s single most prized possession to remember the soldier by, until the phone rang last week.
“I got a call from these people in Warrenton, Missouri. They said they had my father-in-law’s medals,” Victoria Fels said.
The medals, which Victoria Fels didn’t even know existed, were lost when a professional cleaning crew helped clean out her mother-in-law’s house 11 years ago.
“Medals of honor, medals of valor, good conduct medals. I was in disbelief,” Victoria Fels said.
The medals and Edward Fels’ discharge papers had somehow found their way to the Veterans of Foreign Wars office in Warrenton. A Vietnam veteran found them on a back shelf and went looking for family members of the soldier who earned them.
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