Editor’s note: This story is a follow-up to a front-page story published March 28 in The Tribune about a Korean War-era wallet recovered during a demolition project at Camp Roberts, west of San Miguel. Shortly after The Tribune’s story ran, a newspaper in Montana contacted the wallet’s owner after being inspired by clues left on old movie stubs inside the wallet.
He’s not “Private” Nelson any more, and his memory would have to stretch back 60-plus years to recall what movies David Nelson saw at the Fox and Campus theaters in Missoula back in his early college days.
But Nelson, a retired pharmacist in Utah who turned 80 last month, does recall losing his wallet at Camp Roberts after he’d joined the Army in 1952 during the Korean War.
And he’s bemused at the sudden flurry of attention stirred up when the tattered wallet, sans cash, was found recently.
“I got it stolen from me. I’m sure that’s what happened,” he said recently from his longtime home in a Salt Lake City suburb.