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Heartland man finds WWII record, family hears it for first time

Elliot found this in a bunch of records he bought. It's never been opened until now. (Source: Elliot Wade) Elliot found this in a bunch of records he bought. It's never been opened until now. (Source: Elliot Wade)
This WWII record remained unopened and sealed until recently. (Source: Elliot Wade) This WWII record remained unopened and sealed until recently. (Source: Elliot Wade)
DEXTER, MO (KFVS) -

A record that was sealed and captured in time was finally heard for the first time.

Despite a setback, the family was able to meet with someone at the Marr Sound Archives at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. They changed the needle on their turntable until they found one that played the record without skipping.

What was Marvin's message?

A song. The family said he was recorded playing "Melancholy Baby."

On Saturday, June 9, Elliot Wade and Marvin's daughter, Lynn Stone, got together to play the sealed record for her for the first time.

She said her father was a musician, so she had a feeling it was a song.

Unfortunately, at that time the record didn't work on the record player.

However, just knowing someone took the time to get a piece of their father back to them meant the world. 

"To have this little piece of history is a very valuable thing and if we can redeem it we can pass it down to generations, they will always have that and I just think that is so valuable," said Stone. 

As for Wade, he was glad he could do this for the family.

"I was able to take something that was lost for 76 years and return it to its home and that's something I don't necessarily have the words to describe, I just say it's a goosebump moment," said Wade.

He first found the record in a box of other records he bought and noticed that one looked different.

"I just knew there was something special about it, I've never seen one like it before, it was still sealed never been opened and I just felt like it wasn't my - it wasn't right for me to open it," said Wade.

So naturally, he took to social media. He posted a couple pictures of the record and asked people to share his post, so he could find its original owner.

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With some help and digging on an ancestry website, Wade found out the record belonged to Marvin E. Jones of Dexter, Mo.

Jones served in the U.S. Air Force in World War II and received three Purple Hearts. He passed away on December 25, 2003. In his obituary, it stated he married Vivian Norman on November 10, 1943, in Bernie, Mo. Vivian passed away on April 1, 2000.

Luckily, he was able to track down their daughter and the rest is history.

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