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Priceless medals returned to WWII hero's son after WAVE 3 story

The medals belonged to Tony's father, Anthony Grunder. The medals belonged to Tony's father, Anthony Grunder.
Anthony was a World War II veteran and was awarded numerous medals, including the Purple Heart. Anthony was a World War II veteran and was awarded numerous medals, including the Purple Heart.
As for the Kalbaughs, what's now hanging on the wall in place of those medals - a picture of Anthony. As for the Kalbaughs, what's now hanging on the wall in place of those medals - a picture of Anthony.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) -  It's a story about priceless momentos missing for more than two decades. On Saturday, WAVE 3 shared the story about some World War II medals that were found in a storage unit.  Now, this story has a happy ending. 

Stephanie Kalbaugh and her husband David work at Aladdin Self Storage in East Louisville where they found a beautiful collection of World War II medals in August. They displayed the medals in their office, hoping the owner would come forward.

Several months had gone by so, the medals hadn't been claimed so they reached out to WAVE 3 hoping the mystery would be solved. WAVE 3 aired the story Saturday and less than 24 hours the Kalbaugh's phone was ringing off the hook. 

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Louisville resident, Tony Grunder happened to be watching WAVE 3 News on Saturday.

"I was sleeping in my La-Z-Boy and I woke up and saw this program WAVE TV," said Grunder. "I made the call."

The medals belonged to Tony's father, Anthony Grunder.  Anthony was a World War II veteran and was awarded numerous medals, including the Purple Heart. It's been 23 years since Tony has seen his father's medals.  He thought they were lost forever and on Sunday, he got them back.

Tony said he's eternally grateful to the Kalbaughs. What's ironic is that Tony lived and worked just ten minutes from the storage unit...not knowing a piece of his father was waiting to be claimed.

"I work at the truck plant and I live just live 10 minutes down the road," said Grunder. 

"You had no idea this was here?" Maira Ansari asked.

"No idea," added Grunder.

Tony said his step mother, who passed away several years ago, must have stored the medals there years ago and didn't tell anyone.

Now that the medals have finally found their way home, Tony said he'll make sure they are never get lost again.

"My father was a good man," said Grunder.  "He went to be a soldier and remained a soldier until he passed."

Anthony Grunder died of cancer in 1991. He was 67-years-old. Tony, also a veteran, said he'll be displaying his father's medals above his desk at home. As for the Kalbaughs, what's now hanging on the wall in place of those medals - a picture of Anthony.

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