Kansas Woman on Mission to Find Owner of WWII Photo

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DE SOTO, Kan. — It might seem like a small token, but a Kansas woman is making it her mission to return an old print. 

It’s a World War Two photo and she wants nothing more than to find the veteran it belonged to. 

Zac Summers talked to her about her passionate plea for help. 

Connie Davis loves her bartending job at Coach Lite in KCK.

But lately, the Johnson County native has been distracted.

“I come here to work, and I make phone calls, talking to the vets that come in here or anybody that can help,” Davis said.

She’s trying to find the owner of this framed photo.

“I live and breathe this pretty much trying to find out who this man was or his family,” Davis said.

Her brother-in-law recently restored it after finding it at an estate sale.

“He said it had like black felt on it and it was all torn and stuff and tattered, so he put new glass in it and a leather on the back,” Davis said.

The picture shows what’s likely a landing or liberty ship used during WWII.

“I don’t know if he’s one of these men on here or not,” Davis said.

Below the ship is the name Donald F. Miller, a motor machinist mate whose job involved operating and maintaining the ship’s engines.

“There’s so many people that have that name that were in World War II and in the Navy,” Davis said.

Connie says she’s tried everything and, in one last ditch effort, she reached out to FOX4 hoping someone might know the veteran.

“I wasn’t expecting you to call back so soon, but I’m glad you did because you guys are my last hope,” Davis said.

“One might say this is a complete stranger, why do you care so much?” Summers asked.

“I don’t know, I just do. I just do,” Davis said.

A stranger, yes.

But Davis says she’d love to meet the man or his family and return a piece she believes holds sentimental value.

“If someone found something like this of my father’s, my was in the service too, I would love for somebody to try to find me to give it back, or somebody in my family,” Davis said.

Davis says if she can’t find Donald F. Miller or his family, she plans to hang the picture at the VFW in De Soto.

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