Eggs sends us a link to a KGUN article from Tucson about veterans trying to reunite a deceased veteran’s medals with his family. Apparently, Marine Corporal Charles H. Stoeckle passed away a while back, and his landlord, cleaning out his apartment, tossed his medals in the trash. Someone found the medals in an old suitcase and brought them to Frank Felix who has taken up the search for the family;
“I was devastated. I felt like crying. I was like ‘This is not right. This is a guy that served his country,'” said Felix.
He held onto the treasures, assuming someone would claim them.
Now, he’s calling in his brothers and 9OYS for help.
“I don’t know who threw it away. They don’t know what it is. This guy is a hero,” said retired Sergeant Mike Obregon, a fellow Vietnam veteran.
“A lot of the general public don’t realize what these people did to deserve these awards. It’s very disheartening,” said John Rodriguez, Commandant of Detachment 007.
So, 9OYS began to dig.
Initial web searches came up empty, but the Nationwide Gravesite Locator shows Corporal Stoeckle, a Nebraska native, is buried in Sierra Vista.
From here the mystery only deepens. Cemetery directors say Corporal Stoeckle doesn’t have any next of kin listed, and there’s very little on his marker.
The video below the jump, autostarts;
We never leave a fallen brother/sister behind.
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