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Marine vet whose pics in Iraq were stolen gets them back 9 years later


These are the memories of Marine Ben Zellmann from his deployment in Iraq. The photos document a life in the desert, in full military gear. The pictures, taken before 2008, were kept on a memory card that was stolen.

Zellman in Iraq lost photos
Photos released from the memory card to locate Marine

Matt Walker found a busted up camera on the side of a road but the memory card was intact.

“I’ve never been in the military, but by the photos, I can feel what they were going through and this is why it makes it some important to give it back to him,” Walker said.

He spent a lot of time trying to get the pictures back to the unknown Marine.

“I’ve contacted recruiters, I’ve contacted Marine buddies trying to figure out how to get this back to him, but nothing,” Walker said.

Nine years later, Zellmann is finally getting them back thanks to a Veteran’s Day news story.

“I thought it was gone forever,” Zellmann said. “I thought it was just gone.”

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