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Chance glance puts Korean War pic into right hands

Rochester, N.Y. Tiana Stephens, of Rochester, was watching the news last year when she caught a glimpse of a familiar face.

She thought she saw her grandfather, MSgt Crawford S. Flynn.

She was watching a story about Betty Perkins-Carpenter and her cache of wartime pictures.

A local Korean War post handed them to Perkins-Carpenter hoping she could find an appropriate home for them.

Perkins-Carpenter devised a plan to try and locate the soldiers in the pictures.

13WHAM featured that effort last summer.

It was a picture in that story that caught Stephens attention.

For fear of disappointment, she delayed a meeting with Perkins-Carpenter.

I was nervous, Stephens said. I guess I didnt want to be disappointed, because, you know, what are the chances? Im not from here, my grandfather is not from here, that she would have a picture of him that I saw for one second, a photo out of 400 that she has.

Despite the odds, Stephens stopped by Perkins-Carpenters house last week to look at the picture.

I just laid it out and she said, That's my grandpa! Perkins-Carpenter recalled. And, of course, I got goose bumps and we were both just so excited, so excited.

I had chills, I was almost crying because it could have been my dad standing there, the resemblance was so strong, Stephens said.

Monday, on Veterans Day, Stephens children got their first look at the picture that shows their great-grandfather handing out pop to fellow soldiers.

Seeing him stand there and knowing how young he was, it's very powerful, it's such an amazing gift, Stephens said.

Stephens says shell now help Perkins-Carpenter deliver more photos to other families.

Adam Chodak, 13WHAM-TV
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