Veteran’s missing flag returned to family 26 years later

ODESSA, Tex. (KWES) — Paula Roberts was shopping at the goodwill in Odessa with her daughter when she found an old veterans flag on the back shelf gathering dust. The curling strip of masking tape on the flag read “Charlie Gaston, funeral drape” and it had a price tag of $9.99.

“For us, we know what the flag means,” said Paula, “We know that it’s a sign of somebody in the military that they’ve died and the sacrifices that they’ve given.”

Roberts was determined to track down who the flag belonged to, “I called every place you can even imagine.” One thing lead to another and she discovered that Charlie Gaston served in World War II, and graduated from Texas A&M in 1928.

Eventually she found his adopted son Georg all the way in North Carolina. “They were excited to know that the flag existed,” said Roberts, ”they never knew it existed.”

It turns out Charlie’s flag never made it to funeral in Hondo, Texas back in 1988. It had been ordered and shipped, but no one had heard anything about it since. Georg is now in his seventies and battling MS and being taken care of by his sister-in-law. But Roberts said the news of the flag made him smile, “She said when he found out about the flag that he smiled and that it had been the first time he’s been happy in a long time.”

It just goes to show with enough determination and good internet connection anything can be found.

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