"Suddenly, I would see my father down on one knee in front of the school, screaming, 'Mike', which was a boy's name, but I know he didn't mean it that way," she said. "I would drop my books and would run as fast as I could run to him."
But he never wanted to talk about the war, even when she asked. Eventually, she and her mother moved to California in 1969 when Michele was 19 years old.
She knew her father was awarded the Silver Star, but after he died, her stepmother told her it was lost or stolen.
She and her husband weren't sure what they are going to do with the mementos.
She said it's a "sad thing" that her husband, named Jim, never met her father. When Michele McKenzie got married in 1976, she couldn't fly because of a head injury and her father was sick and also couldn't travel.
"They would have liked each other," she said.
Michele McKenzie said she offered to have a notary send proof to Chartock that she is Sgt. McKenzie's daughter.
When asked how she might feel when she first sees her father's mementos, she said, "Hold onto them and kiss them -- something like that."