On August 20, Betsy Fletcher Register shared an image on her facebook page showing some military items she had found in an auction box in Lake City, Florida. The image contained a Purple Heart, a unit patch for the 78th Division, an identification tag and some other military items. The image was shared on her facebook page with the hopes of finding the owner, who was presumed to be the person listed on the identification tag; Milton J. Stock. There was an address listed on the identification tag which was to a Mrs. B.D.Stock, 4144 Seneca St. Ebenezer, N.Y.
Betsy’s post was shared more than 16,000 times with users all over the country trying to help get these medals back to their owner. Two days after the image was first posted, the Grandniece of Milton Stock, Laurie Morehouse Tipton, posted a comment on Betsy’s page saying “This I my Great Uncle Milton Stock. My Grandfather was his brother and was always praying to find these items one day. Please contact me!!!!.” According to Laurie, the address on the identification tags was to a home which was owned by Milton’s parents before being owned by Milton’s brother who is Laurie’s grandfather.
Laurie later posted “When I called my Uncle (Milt’s nephew) to tell him that I had found our Uncles belongings all he could do was cry! I can’t even put into words what it means to us that so many strangers helped to find our family God bless all of you!”
According to Milton Stock’s family, Milton passed away and his possessions were auctioned off before close family could go through them. Milton’s family has been looking for his possessions and were excited that they would be reunited with these awards. On August 26, the Purple Heart and other items were returned to the Stock family in Florida when Betsy Fletcher Register and Laurie Morehouse Tipton met up in Florida.