Ninety-three-year-old WWII veteran Ike Franklin says he accidentally donated his prized Navy uniform at a clothing recycling box. He and his family are now asking for whoever bought it, to return it. The uniform was accidentally donated with a box of other clothing that Franklin was discarding during his move from an assisted living facility in Oklahoma to Ohio so he could be closer to family.
The uniform has been in the family for over 70 years.
“It’s our memory of him and the service he provided us and the country,” said Ike Franklin’s daughter, Linda. “And it’s a memory for us for us to keep and pass on from generation to generation.”
The Franklin family spent hours calling second hand clothing stores that were within the distribution area of the box where Ike accidentally dropped off the uniform. They were unable to locate the uniform but did speak with one thrift store that says a uniform just like Ike’s was sold just days before they were contacted.
They are convinced that the look-a-like uniform belongs to Ike. They are asking Ohio residents to keep an eye out and return the uniform if found. They plan to turn the uniform into a family heirloom to be passed to from generation once returned to their possession.