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Air Force memorabilia found in thrift store and dumpster returned to veteran’s family

Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT) – With the help of social media, a Morristown family has found sentimental items from their late grandfather.

Dakota Carmichael said his girlfriend found a blue USAF folder at a thrift store. After reviewing it, Carmichael decided to post a message on social media to help get it back to the family of the veteran inside the BC Trent name.

“Within a few hours there were over 200 and something is shared in several different counties, and finally the family actually lives here. They messaged me and said hey, that’s interesting, that’s my grandpa,” Carmichael said.

A Sneedville man named Roger Kinsler contacted Carmichael. Kinsler said he recognized BC Trent from something he said he found in the dumpster.

“I noticed a photo album. I dug it up and said ‘WOW, who would throw something like that in the dumpster?’ I’ve been craving for 15 years for it to return to its rightful owner and family,” Kinsler explained.

Josephine Stuart introduced herself as Trent’s granddaughter and collected the memorabilia.

Stuart said his grandfather retired as Colonel Chaplin in the Air Force and was separated during World War II, the Korean War and in Vietnam.

Several family members had different memories that got lost, scattering the items.

“Some of the things in that blue book that I’ve never seen before, or maybe I’ve seen some and I was a kid and just can’t remember. Some of the pictures I I saw, some of the letters of recognition that I don’t remember. When he was stationed in Alaska, he was MIA for two weeks. He had crashed his plane and for two weeks they didn’t know where he was. found,” Stuart said.

She said that after retiring, Trent started a business in Morristown before passing away in 2000. Stuart was happy to reunite with the memories with his family.

“He was always my hero, even when I was a little girl,” Stuart shared.