Washington man asks for help finding fallen son’s flag

WHITE SWAN, Wash. (AP) — A Central Washington man is pleading for help on social media to find an American flag that belonged to his son who was killed in Afghanistan.

Shawn Marceau of the Yakima Valley tells KGW-TV in Portland that the flag and other items were stolen when someone broke into his truck in April. He has searched locally but hasn’t been able to find it.

Marceau says the flag is very sentimental to him because his son, Marine Lance Cpl. Joe Jackson, had it over his bed before he went out on his last patrol.

Jackson was 22 when he was killed April 24, 2011 by an improvised bomb while conducting combat operations in Helmand province of Afghanistan. The flag was signed by Marines in Jackson’s platoon.

Marceau posted on Facebook Friday asking for help in case the flag turns up at a thrift store or pawn shop.

His post had been shared more than 14,000 times as of Sunday afternoon.