A weapon once used in war is now a symbol of peace, thanks to a Minnesota man who wanted to do the “right thing.” Hundreds looked on as World War II veteran Orval Amdahl returned a Japanese sword to its rightful owner Saturday afternoon in St. Paul. Amdahl was given the sword 68 years ago as a war souvenir. He never felt it truly belonged to him, so Amdahl used an inscription on the sword to find its true owner, which led him to the Motomura family of Japan.
Orvall Amdahl clearly remembers the day his life would be forever changed. “November 19, 1942 I left San Francisco,” recalls the 94-year old from Lanesboro.