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Henry County men's shelter searching for owner of military heirlooms left in room

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Posted at 11:23 AM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 15:31:29-05

HENRY COUNTY — A men's shelter in Henry County is hoping that someone out there can help them identify the owner of a box of World War II heirlooms that was left in one of their rooms.

The Guest House, which serves as an emergency service for homeless adult men in the county, posted a photo of the box of items on their Facebook page Monday in the hopes of finding their owner, or his family.

Jeff Passow, Assistant Director of The Guest House, says the box was found in a desk drawer in one of their private rooms.

"Apparently it was pushed to the back of a drawer where it would not be easily found," Passow said.

Inside the box they found a name plate bracelet that says "Gerald W. Wilson," several service ribbons and what appears to be a medal of some sort. The Guest House says they believe Gerald W. Wilson served in World War II based on the items they located.

He says the last person that used that room knew nothing about the items and never noticed they were there.

"We have men come and go from our shelter quite frequently so we usually do a quick cleaning of the room to get it ready for the next person," Passow said. "It wasn't until we moved some things around and did a very deep clean that it was found."

The Guest House has been operating since 2013. They provide food, shelter and support to men in need. Their programs include things like case management, life skills, goal planning, addiction support and help securing employment and housing. The Guest House has the capacity to house 52 men.

If you have any information about Gerald W. Wilson or can put them in touch with his next-of-kin, please contact The Guest House at 765-388-2136.