Orval Amdahl sword
Orval Amdahl, 94, of Lanesboro, took this sword from Japan when he was a captain in the Marines in 1945 during World War II. He will return it to the grandson of its original owner on Sept. 21 in St. Paul. "I crawled on a pile about eight feet high of swords to get this one because it reminded me of the cavalry," Amdahl recalled at his home in Lanesboro.
- If You Go
What: Return of the Sword Ceremony.
When: 9:30 a.m. Sept. 21
Where: Visitor Center at Como Park in St. Paul
What will happen: Orval Amdahl, a Marine veteran of World War II from Lanesboro will return a Japanese sword he took at a souvenir from Nagasaki.
Who else will be there: Grandson of the Japanese soldier, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. Clifton Truman Daniel, grandson of President Harry Truman, will deliver the final thoughts.
Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013 12:45 pm
LANESBORO — Orval Amdahl took a sword from Nagasaki, Japan, as a token of his time during World War II, but as the years passed, its owner became a lingering question for the rural Lanesboro man.
"At first, I kept it as a souvenir," he said. "Then, all of a sudden, I began thinking — someone had to own this." He tried contacting people about the sword but had no luck.
Thursday, September 12, 2013 12:45 pm.