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Marine reunited with wallet after four decades

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It was a happy reunion for a former Marine and his wallet, four decades after it went missing.

Harry Kolka has never been so thrilled to look over the contents of his wallet. That's because the wallet, with all the memories it holds was stolen back in 1973.

At the time, the Bay City native was a 21-year-old Marine, stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

"I went in to take a shower, I come back and my wall locker had been broken into and my wallet stolen. I looked for the wallet for a couple days. It was gone," says Kolka.

His old barracks were recently torn down and during the demolition, one of the workers found Kolka's wallet stuck between the walls.

An amazing discovery, Kolka's mother didn't believe when someone from the base called her trying to track him down.

Fortunately for Kolka, Marines are taught to be persistent. Now, he has proof that his first car only cost $1,400.

Also in the wallet were three pictures of Harry's old girlfriends. One of the pictures is Charlene, his current wife of 39 years.

Charlene says all is well that ends well. She has her man and he got his wallet back.

Even though it took 40 years, he's thankful to his comrades for not stopping until a wrong had been made right.

"They kept looking for me. For over two months. Who would go through that much time and say this guy don't exist and throw it away," said Kolka.

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