“Heirloom Hunter” Chelsey Brown has revealed the key behind a battle hero’s 1940 yearbook.
Chelsey, a 29-year-old inside decorator, researches family tree as a passion, discovering misplaced heirlooms at flea markets and vintage outlets after which returning them to members of the family.
The New Yorker uploads movies revealing the histories behind the objects onto her TikTok account (@chelseyibrown) which has nearly 150 000 followers.
In considered one of her newest clips, “WWII and war stories will always be my favorite to research,” Brown does just a little dance together with her canine earlier than displaying off a black and white image of a younger man in a yearbook.
She asks viewers: “So first off, how handsome is he?”
Brown goes on to clarify the person was class favourite in 1940 and that the ebook is stuffed with drawings and properly needs from his buddies describing him as: “The best dog that ever howled.”
One of his academics wrote: “I sincerely hope you make the most out of your abilities.”
According to the Heirloom Hunter, in 1942 the younger man joined the Army Air Corps and in 1943 wed his highschool sweetheart.
She stated: “Now this is where it gets interesting.”
In 1944 he flew within the D-Day Normandy landings.
“Fun fact, he was a lieutenant colonel which ranks just above a major and just below a colonel,” she stated.
“Not only did he survive the battle of Normandy but he went on to fight in the Vietnam War as well and yes, he was in open combat, and yes, he survived.
“This man, was actually, a battle hero.
“And best of all, his daughter is alive and I found her.
“I messaged her and I’m simply ready for her response.”
One excited user responded: “This is so cool! My dream job.”
In an interview with Zenger News, Brown confirmed that she had made contact with the battle hero’s daughter after discovering her by means of MyHeritage.com.
She stated: “At first, they thought I was a scam (which is very common) but after I persuaded her I wasn’t, it was very emotional. She’s really excited and was very grateful!
“The solely idea proper now could be that it bought misplaced in a transfer across the Nineteen Fifties.
“Many items actually were lost in moves after WWII, and it’s a main reason many of these artifacts end up in my hands.”
Brown additionally stated: “I paid $40 for it (flea markets in NYC are more expensive than other places!) But the second I saw a name in it, and saw the beautiful contents of the yearbook, I knew I needed to purchase it.
“Many individuals suppose these things find yourself at flea markets as a result of the households simply ‘give it away’.
“This is a total myth and one I hope to extinguish. I’ve never had a family refuse or not want an item I’ve contacted them about, and I’ve returned hundreds of artifacts/heirlooms to families. That says a great deal about these items and how important they are to families!”
This story was offered to Newsweek by Zenger News.