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Veteran's Flag Found in Texas Returned To Family After 26 Yrs
A veteran's flag that was supposed to be used as a funeral drape in North Carolina never made it.
It had been missing for 26 years.
But it turns out, it was found in a Goodwill in Odessa, Texas.
"(good afternoon, Hondo Anvil, how may I help you?) yes is this Kathy? (yes it is) hey Kathy it's Paula from Odessa with Charlie the flag..."
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...With a curling strip of masking tape that read "Charlie Gaston, funeral drape" and a price tag of $9.99.
"For us, we know what the flag means. We know that it's a sign of somebody in the military that they've died and the sacrifices that they've given."
And with enough determination Roberts got to work to track down who the flag belonged to.
"I called every place you can even imagine."
One thing lead to another and another.She discovered that Charlie Gaston served in World War Two and graduated from Texas A&M in 1928.
"But how the flag ended up in this Odessa Goodwill on 42nd is a mystery."
Eventually she found his adopted son George. All the way in North Carolina.
"So they were excited to know that the flag existed...they never knew it existed."
It turns out, Charlie the flag never made it to Gaston's funeral in Hondo, TX back in 1988. It had been ordered and shipped but no one had heard anything about it since.
George is now in his seventies and battling MS and being taken care of by his sister-in-law.
"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 a good internet connection, anything can be found.
"I was bound and determined to find his home so, and we found it, so we're good now."