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West Frankfort man looking to return lost photos to Vietnam veteran

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FRANKLIN COUNTY -- A West Frankfort man hopes to find a person in some photographs he thinks was a Vietnam veteran. He wants to return the pictures and thank the veteran for his service.

From every ding, dent, scratch, broken headlight and rust spot, every used truck has a story to tell.

"His badge said U.S. Army, so I assumed it was a Vietnam photo. I was like, 'this has got to be Vietnam,'" said the truck's owner, Nathan Wilson.

Wilson's 1998 Ford Ranger tells a more unique story than most.

"It's pretty crazy that something like that happens," said Wilson.

Two photos of a person who Wilson believes is a Vietnam veteran were found in his truck's visor as he drove to work.

"I wouldn't have found them if nobody would have been riding with me that day," added Wilson.

Wilson says there's no telling how long the pictures have been in this old truck, after talking to its previous owner.

"He didn't know they were there, either," added Wilson.

He's now hoping to return the photos to the man.

"Give something that is maybe really personal back to a man who gave a lot for our country," explained Wilson.

It's something Wilson calls a small favor to a generation of service members who gave so much, but got little in return.

"People out there are still struggling, probably with PTSD from Vietnam, and you know it's something we don't think about on a day-to-day basis," added Wilson.

Wilson now think's he's tracked the man down.

"His name is John Stanley Hill, still alive over in Stonefort, Illinois," added Wilson.

As he parks this old truck, Wilson thinks about his own family members who've served.

"Makes you think about what you cherish more because you never know what might happen one day," added Wilson.

Leaving him hoping to give the picture of this man back with a simple message.

"Nice to meet you. I believe these are yours and thank you for your service," said Wilson.

And hoping to have a happy ending to a truck's unique story.

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