Cumberland Times-News

March 1, 2014

Former Frostburg resident returns Purple Heart to family of WWII soldier

Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — Thanks to a Louisville, Ky., news station, David Kalbaugh, a former Frostburg resident, and his wife, Stephanie, were able to return a Purple Heart to a family member of the rightful owner.

The Kalbaughs found the Purple Heart along with other World War II medals in a storage unit at Aladdin Self Storage located in East Louisville, where they work. The couple displayed the medals in their office hoping the owner would come forward.

They found out that the medals belonged to the late Anthony Grunder and reached out to WAVE News 3 of Louisville asking anyone with information to contact them. 

“They’re (medals) real special,” David, who is an Air Force veteran, told WAVE 3 News. “That man basically laid his life on the line for our country.”

Less than 24 hours after the story aired on WAVE 3, the Kalbaughs were contacted by Tony Grunder, who was watching the news. The medals belonged to Tony’s father and it had been 23 years since Tony had seen his father’s medals. Tony said that his stepmother, who died several years ago, must have stored the medals at Aladdin Self Storage and never told anyone where they were. Tony lives 10 minutes away from the storage unit and never knew the medals were there.

Now that the medals have landed in Tony’s hands, he plans on ensuring they never get lost again.

“My father was a good man,” Tony told WAVE News 3. “He went to be a solider and remained a solider until he passed.”

Anthony died of cancer in 1991 at age 67.

Tony, who is also a veteran, displayed the medals above his desk at home and the Kalbaughs have a picture of Anthony on the wall in their office in place of where the medals used to hang.

David is the son of Jerry and Catherine Kalbaugh of LaVale.