Fond memories return with lost wallet after nearly 70 years

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Sometimes, good things are worth waiting for. Even almost 70 years.

Just ask Robert Judson Bell. The 88-year-old World War II Navy veteran was reunited this week with the wallet he lost way back in 1941 while undergoing naval training in Chicago. It may not have contained any money, but its value to Bell and his family can't be understated. Inside were two photographs of his first wife, who had died in a 1948 car crash.

And so it remained lost, for nearly 45 years. Enter electrician Bob Jordan. He was doing some work in the Academy basement around 1985 when he stumbled upon the wallet.

The wallet's other contents included Bell's Social Security card, a Masonic Lodge card and even a little comic strip. Bell says he recalls he had money in the wallet, but that was long gone.

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