The St. Paul Pioneer Press, January 1, 1919, p. 13
Private John Bernston, a wounded overseas soldier at Fort Snelling, was limping along a path near the Fort and lamenting that he was "broke," when suddenly there appeared on the ground in front of him a fat billbook.
Private Bernston picked up the wallet and nearly fainted on beholding the contents - $50 in good American money. Besides the money, the book contained a Red Cross membership card and a blue chevron with a propellor blade on it.
It was this chevron that gave Red Cross workers a clue to the owner after Private Bernston had hobbled back to the main hospital with his find.
The Red Cross got in touch with the Air Service Mechanics' School and learned that the billbook was the property of Private S. A. Simas.
Simas went to Fort Snelling, identified his wallet, and rewarded the finder with $5.
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