GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ) – Does the term “Soldier’s Individual Pay Record” mean anything to you? Have you lost one recently?
A woman found one in the parking lot of a store in Georgetown Saturday and now she’s trying to get it back to its rightful owner.
Karrie Green was just going on a typical Walmart grocery shopping trip when she stepped out of her car and found a piece of history.
She picked up a “Soldier’s Individual Pay Record.” It’s like the original form of a pay stub.
The one Green found is missing a few pages, but according to Patrick Sinclair with the Office of Veterans’ Affairs, these pay cards typically show how much money the soldier was making and their insurance plan.
This one belongs to a John M. Smith from Beattyville. The year? 1994.
Now, Green is trying to find the family that this World War II-era document belongs to.
Back then, the document shows, she could just drop it in the mail without postage, and it would make its way back to the soldier.
Could Green do that now? Maybe, but she wants to know for sure that the family gets it back.
That’s why she’s asking for your help. Green reached out to the community in a Facebook post, looking for anyone who may know who the pay record belongs to.
Green says several people thought it could belong to the father of Beattyville Mayor John Smith. However, ABC 36 reached out to Mayor Smith Wednesday. He says the pay card does not belong to his family.
If you know who the document belongs to, email our reporter, Lauren Shepard, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green says she will gladly hand over the pay card to the owner, or anyone who can get it where it needs to be.