Pawn Shop Purchase Reunites Navy Vet with Sword 40 Years Later

According to a report that aired on Mobile, AL FOX affiliate WALA on Wednesday, Korean War veteran Roy M. Johnsen was reunited with a part of his past after a happenstance purchase .

Chip Herrington of Mobile, bought an old Naval officer’s sword at a pawn shop in Ocean Springs, MS for $40.

“Once I got it home, I noticed the name, ‘ROY M. JOHNSEN,’ engraved on the blade,” Herrington wrote on his Facebook page. “After a little internet research, I learned that ‘Roy Johnsen’ was a decorated Navy Pilot during the Korean War. After a little more research, I actually found him. He’s 85 years old and living in Pennsylvania.”

According to WALA, after Herrington inquired, he reunited Johnsen with the personal artifact.

“I said I’ve got what may seem like a strange question for you, but are you missing a sword? And he didn’t say anything for a long time,” Herrington said.

“My first reaction was, well what kind of a scam is this? Let’s listen to it. And the further we went, the more convinced I was it was a legit call,” Johnsen said.

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