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Wallet Missing Almost 50 Years Returned
NW Cable News ^ | 08/25/03 | Staff Writer

Posted on 08/25/2003 8:34:07 AM PDT by bedolido

FALFURRIAS, Texas (AP) -- Casimiro Naranjo III has some new memorabilia for his U.S. Marine scrapbook that chronicles the nine months he spent in Japan in 1957. It's all from the wallet he lost almost 50 years ago.

Members of a Japanese construction crew renovating the theater at Camp Foster, once Camp Hague, found the leather wallet in May among some mud and rubble. The wallet apparently was in a ventilation duct at the Okinawa base where Naranjo was stationed as a 19-year-old.

"It's so hard to believe that the wallet was there for so many years," Naranjo said in a story in Monday's Corpus Christi Caller-Times. He said he thought he left his wallet in the barracks and doesn't know how it ended up in the air duct.

"The Marine Corps is supposed to be a family, but there are exceptions," Naranjo said. "I was mad then and the thought did cross my mind that someone took it. I was really wrong. I could have dropped it."

The wallet contained Naranjo's military ID, a ration card, a pass to the enlisted men's mess hall, a selective service card, photos of his sister Mary and brother Robert and a pawn ticket.

Camp Foster base officials traced the ration card and military ID to Naranjo, 66, and notified him at his home in Falfurrias. It was mailed to him earlier this month.

The pieces of paper each bring a memory for Naranjo. The pawn ticket brings to mind the loss of his high school ring.

When he first arrived in Okinawa, he needed a few more dollars to pay for a night out on the island with his fellow Marines.

"They told us we could have four hours of liberty in town," Naranjo said. "I didn't have any money, and I didn't know anything about Okinawa."

He pawned his Falfurrias High School ring for 1,780 yen, which was the equivalent to about $5 in 1957, he said.

"We got a taste of the Far East that night," Naranjo said, remembering the strong taste of Nippon beer with his teriyaki steak. "I had a lot of yen in my pocket."

But he didn't get the ring back. By the time he returned to the pawn shop, the ring was gone. He assumed it was melted down.

The wallet also contained a token-sized sacred heart patch depicting Christ that his mother gave Naranjo before he boarded the bus to boot camp. His mother, Gertrudis M. Naranjo died in July, just before the wallet was returned.

Naranjo said the patch is a sentimental reminder of his mother and her faith.

Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Japan; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 50; almost; marine; missing; okinawa; returned; veterans; wallet; years

1 posted on 08/25/2003 8:34:07 AM PDT by bedolido
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To: bedolido
Nice story--especially after just losing his mother.
2 posted on 08/25/2003 8:37:48 AM PDT by NautiNurse
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To: bedolido
What a nice story! Thanks for posting it.
3 posted on 08/25/2003 8:39:20 AM PDT by annyokie (One good thing about being wrong is the joy it brings to others.)
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To: bedolido
Cool. I wish I could find my wallet that I lost three years ago.
4 posted on 08/25/2003 8:40:42 AM PDT by Saundra Duffy (For victory & freedom!!!)
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To: Saundra Duffy; tpaine
Cool. I wish I could find my wallet that I lost three years ago.

tpaine took my wallet.

5 posted on 08/25/2003 8:42:50 AM PDT by Lazamataz (I am the extended middle finger in the fist of life.)
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To: Lazamataz
I remember when I lost my virginity. Wasn't so bad...
6 posted on 08/25/2003 8:46:10 AM PDT by TomServo ("Sadly, Sinbad wandered to the edge of the enchanted sea..." "...and had a magic B.M.")
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To: TomServo
Who knows - you might find after 50 years.
7 posted on 08/25/2003 8:48:36 AM PDT by CheneyChick
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(oops - You might find *it* after 50 years.)
8 posted on 08/25/2003 8:49:50 AM PDT by CheneyChick
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To: CheneyChick
Who knows - you might find [it] after 50 years.

Whoever finds it - can keep it.

9 posted on 08/25/2003 8:51:29 AM PDT by TomServo ("Sadly, Sinbad wandered to the edge of the enchanted sea..." "...and had a magic B.M.")
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To: Lazamataz

"tpaine took my wallet."
-laz-


Fat chance. Two bits you'll find it at some particular harbor.
10 posted on 08/25/2003 8:53:17 AM PDT by tpaine ( I'm trying to be Mr Nice Guy, but politics keep getting in me way. ArnieRino for Governator!)
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To: tpaine
You took it. You took it when we were together. Don't forget our long sweaty homosexual love sessions together, bud. I still have the photos.
11 posted on 08/25/2003 8:55:59 AM PDT by Lazamataz (I am the extended middle finger in the fist of life.)
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To: Saundra Duffy
Wish I could find my mind. I lost it about 10 years ago!
12 posted on 08/25/2003 8:58:14 AM PDT by cjshapi
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To: Lazamataz
B-b-but what you won't forget your llama, will you?
13 posted on 08/25/2003 8:59:57 AM PDT by MaryFromMichigan ( If a man says something in the woods and there are no women there, is he still wrong?)
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To: Tooters
B-b-but what you won't forget your llama, will you?

Baby, you will always be the Alpaca for me.

How could I ever resist your eyes?

14 posted on 08/25/2003 9:03:08 AM PDT by Lazamataz (I am the extended middle finger in the fist of life.)
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To: Lazamataz
Weird comment laz, even for you.
15 posted on 08/25/2003 9:03:09 AM PDT by tpaine ( I'm trying to be Mr Nice Guy, but politics keep getting in me way. ArnieRino for Governator!)
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To: Tooters
B-b-but what you won't forget your llama, will you?

Baby, you will always be the Alpaca for me.

How could I ever resist your eyes?

16 posted on 08/25/2003 9:03:09 AM PDT by Lazamataz (I am the extended middle finger in the fist of life.)
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To: tpaine
Weird comment laz, even for you.

Okee doke, man. I understand if you want to keep it all in the closet.

17 posted on 08/25/2003 9:04:00 AM PDT by Lazamataz (I am the extended middle finger in the fist of life.)
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To: bedolido
Great story. Thanks for posting ...

18 posted on 08/25/2003 9:07:07 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Check out the Texas Chicken D 'RATS!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/keyword/Redistricting)
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To: Lazamataz; tpaine
Don't forget our long sweaty homosexual love sessions together, bud.

This is a story about fullfillment and trust... please learn to trust each other and fullfill each others needs. tpaine, return his wallet... laz... trust him again!

19 posted on 08/25/2003 9:12:06 AM PDT by bedolido (My wife is a sex object - every time I ask for sex, she objects.)
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To: bedolido
I'll try. But he's got to return my wallet.
20 posted on 08/25/2003 9:14:38 AM PDT by Lazamataz (I am the extended middle finger in the fist of life.)
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To: Lazamataz
And the winner of the eternallydrunkfreeper award goes tooooooo.....

*opens small envelope*

Lazamataz! Congratulations! You win a free membership to FReeperAlcoholicsAnonymous!

21 posted on 08/25/2003 9:17:32 AM PDT by 4mycountry (You say I'm a brat like it's a bad thing.)
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To: bedolido
"He said he thought he left his wallet in the barracks and doesn't know how it ended up in the air duct. "

There was a similar case, or cases, at a California National Guard base, where wallets were found in air ducts dating back to WWII. What happened, they figured is that the wallets were stolen, the money taken, then the theif tossed the empties into the air ducts.
22 posted on 08/25/2003 9:17:59 AM PDT by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: 4mycountry
And the winner of the eternallydrunkfreeper award goes tooooooo..... *opens small envelope* Lazamataz! Congratulations! You win a free membership to FReeperAlcoholicsAnonymous!

Why thangsh... I wanna thang alla little pipple who helped me asheeve my goal... Hi mom!... issh sho great to be (burp) here t'day... I'm sho happy I could cry... .y'know, you're a real fren', man... a real fren'.... I love ya man... (hic)

23 posted on 08/25/2003 9:21:13 AM PDT by Lazamataz (I am the extended middle finger in the fist of life.)
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To: Lazamataz
Don't for get to thank your mom and dad for having kids...
24 posted on 08/25/2003 9:26:21 AM PDT by Doohickey (Hey, I need you to go down to the torpedo room and get me some tag line.)
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To: Lazamataz

25 posted on 08/25/2003 9:38:43 AM PDT by 4mycountry (You say I'm a brat like it's a bad thing.)
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To: 4mycountry
lol

(hic)

26 posted on 08/25/2003 9:41:02 AM PDT by Lazamataz (I am the extended middle finger in the fist of life.)
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To: Lazamataz
Hey, have you killed Charles yet? From the tagline contest with TREASON book prize?
27 posted on 08/25/2003 9:47:40 AM PDT by 4mycountry (You say I'm a brat like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Lazamataz
As Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffet say "It's 5 o'clock somewhere"!
28 posted on 08/25/2003 9:47:40 AM PDT by cjshapi
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To: CheneyChick; TomServo
Who knows - you might find it after 50 years.

...in an air duct.

29 posted on 08/25/2003 10:05:32 AM PDT by lepton
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To: Lazamataz; tpaine; All

As the miniter sets to marry laz and tpaine...

30 posted on 08/25/2003 10:30:08 AM PDT by bedolido (My wife is a sex object - every time I ask for sex, she objects.)
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To: bedolido
I'm the man in that picture.
31 posted on 08/25/2003 10:37:09 AM PDT by Lazamataz (I am the extended middle finger in the fist of life.)
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To: 4mycountry
Hey, have you killed Charles yet? From the tagline contest with TREASON book prize?

I'm such a slacker.

32 posted on 08/25/2003 11:31:27 AM PDT by Lazamataz (I am the extended middle finger in the fist of life.)
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