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Goodwill employee finds WWII medals in donation bin


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Goodwill employee finds WWII medals in donation bin

By Sara Belsole. CREATED Nov 11, 2013 - UPDATED: Nov 11, 2013

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Goodwill employee Patricia Fraser sorts through donated jewelry to decide what should make in online for sale for Shop Goodwill.

She's sifted through hundreds of beaded necklaces and bracelets in two years, but last week she found something she had never see before: three World War II medals, a dog tag and an engraved pocket watch, all with the same last name, Teegarden. 

"You go through stuff and it's mostly anonymous, but when you find something that has a name on it and it's WWII stuff, I think it's important for family members to get that back," Fraser said.

So Fraser made it her mission to find the Teegarden family, just in time for Veteran's Day.

"If this was my great grandfather and someone knocked on my door I would be thrilled," Fraser said.
Because the dog tag says Dayton, Ohio on it, Fraser thought she would start there, reaching out to the media. 
And it worked.
Tabitha Teegarden says she saw a story about the medals and realized they belonged to her grandfather.
"I think personally when my grandfather passed in February his stuff was auctioned off. A lot of it was," Teegarden said.
But now the medals can make their way back home, all thanks to Fraser.
"I know a lot of Goodwill workers just would toss things and if it's broken or old or whatever and for her to take the time to actually see it, recognize it and contact you guys..that's really surprising," Teegarden said.
Goodwill says once they verify the medals do belong to Teegarden's grandfather, they will send them to her.