Shadow box returned to family of airman

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) -When Kerri Blow, of Jemison, found a shadow box in the bottom of an antique chest she’d purchased, she started a mission.

“I was thinking if this were my grandfather or my father, what would I want someone else to do? I would really, really want the property back,” said Blow.

The shadow box belonged to Richard Thomason Jr.’s father, who served in the Korean War.

“It’s very touching that someone would show the honesty and compassion to do such a thing,” said Thomason.

After years of searching archives, Facebook and the help of those at the 117th Refueling Wing in Birmingham, Kerri found the family of Tech Sergeant Richard Earnest Thomason.

Tech Sergeant Thomason spent over 20 years serving as a firefighter with the 117th Refueling Wing before retiring in 1972.

He passed away in 1999.

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