A central Washington man is seeking to find a signed American flag that belonged to his son, a Marine who was killed in Afghanistan.
The flag was signed by all the members of Marine Lance Cpl. Joe Jackson’s platoon, and it hung over his bed in Afghanistan.
Shawn Marceau told KGW that the flag and other items were stolen from his truck in April when someone bashed in a truck window and took them. He hasn’t been able to find the flag, and it is very sentimental to their family.
“It’s our last keepsake with Joe because he had that flag over his bed before he went out on his last patrol,” Marceau told KGW.
Marceau pleaded for help in finding the flag through a Facebook post.
“This American Flag was stolen out of my truck. This flag belonged to my son who was killed in Action in Sangin, Afghanistan. The significance to this flag is that the entire platoon signed it, including my son,” he wrote.
Marceau’s son, Marine Lance Cpl. Joe Jackson, had the flag over his bed before going out on his last patrol while in Afghanistan.
Jackson was killed on April 24, 2011, by an improvised bomb in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
The flag is signed by Jackson and several other service members.
“Anybody who has a connection with the military can understand how important that flag is,” Marceau said.
Marceau said he is trying to raise money so that he can offer a reward for the return of the flag.
If the flag is returned, no questions would be asked, he added.
The Facebook post has been shared more than 60,000 times as of Tuesday afternoon.