Minnesota man hand delivers war document back to Indiana family

Tim Huttner traveled from Minnesota to Lebanon, Indiana to deliver a war document that was found. (WTHR Photo)

LEBANON, Ind. (WTHR) – Tim Huttner traveled a lot of miles for this military mission.

"It's kind of the only reason I'm here!" said Huttner.

He made a special delivery from Minnesota to Indiana to get an old war document back home.

"For a man to take the time to drive 11 hours to bring me some papers, you just don't hear of that these days," said Sandra Halden of Lebanon.

A letter written 70 years ago was discovered by chance in Tim's auto repair shop among some old car manuals.

"and I see the corner of this envelope sticking out and it says 'war department," said Huttner. "You get these chills when you seen that, I did"

The letter was sent to the family of Staff Sgt. Leroy Stanley Halden back in 1947, telling them their son was buried in Belgium.

Halden, Sandra's uncle, was killed in the Battle of the Bulge. But that family document somehow disappeared.

Sandra had been searching for it for years and never saw it for herself - until now.

"It's unbelievable that he found these," she said.

Tim tracked down Sandra, thanks to social media. He shared his discovery online, asking others to help locate family.

When that happened, Tim says he had to make the delivery in person.

"You know this is history. You don't call FedEx when you have a piece of history to move, you call some people to carry it," said Huttner. "I had to make sure she gets this from my hands to hers."

His act of kindness is now bringing closure to the family of a fallen hero.

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