Athens woman finds WWII photos in middle of busy intersection – WSB-TV Channel 2

Woman searches for family of WWII veteran who may belong in photos she found The woman found the vet’s photos in the middle of a busy crossroads in Athens.

ATHENS, Ga. — When Emily Elrod found one while walking along the Atlanta Freeway at Jennings Mill Road in Athens, she picked it up.

“I saw another one. It’s weird. Then I saw another. And another,” Elrod said.

Dozens of very old photographs of soldiers, planes and palm trees.


“My husband is a World War II enthusiast,” she said. “He said it looks like they’re from that era.”

New Caledonia is written on the back of one of them.

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It was the location of a major base for the Allies in the South Pacific during the war. Elrod speculated that a military man in most of the photos must have come from here.

She rushed to the middle of the intersection to retrieve the photos. She said she hoped she could bring them back to the family who cherished them.

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“Let’s say this person has a grandchild who didn’t know he was in the war,” Elrod said. “It’s important that people know the story of the people they love.”

If you recognize the soldier in the photos, email Elrod at Please put “photos” in the subject line.



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