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Lanesboro WWII Vet Returns War Memento To Japanese Family

Posted at: 09/13/2013 2:53 PM
Updated at: 09/13/2013 2:58 PM

Orval Amdahl will return WWII Japanese sword
Orval Amdahl will return WWII Japanese sword
Photo: Photo Courtesy Fillmore County Journal

LANESBORO, MN (AP) - A 94-year-old veteran from southeastern Minnesota plans to return a sword he took from Nagasaki, Japan, as a token of his time during World War II.

Orval Amdahl of rural Lanesboro says at first, he kept the sword as a souvenir. But then he began thinking "someone had to own this."

Amdahl mentioned the sword to an author who asked to interview him for a book about the dropping of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Post-Bulletin reports the author used her contacts to find the grandson of the Japanese military officer who once owned the sword.

Amdahl will hand the sword to the grandson during a ceremony Sept. 21 at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in St. Paul. St. Paul is a sister city to Nagasaki.