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Nearly thrown away, remarkable discovery of Korean War veteran’s memorabilia given to owner’s son

SAN ANTONIO – Rather than throw it away after being deserted at a neighborhood resort, Steve Lopez mentioned somebody gave him a big, blue plastic container as a result of it appeared the contents inside have been vital to somebody.

Lopez mentioned, “When I opened it, it’s like, ‘how can this be?’”

Along with two American flags, one boxed, the opposite framed, and a number of other copies of authorized paperwork, Lopez mentioned what he discovered most intriguing was a thick photograph album “which was very detailed.”

Inside have been pictures courting again to the 1950′s, with fastidiously handwritten captions depicting a younger soldier’s service in Korea and Japan, and others of his household again residence.

Copies of his delivery certificates and final will and testomony in the identical field confirmed the soldier was Robert Dominguez Sr.

Another doc listed his sons and the place they lived, however just one, his namesake — Robert Dominguez Jr. — nonetheless lived on the identical tackle.

Reached on his cellphone by his stepdaughter about what had been discovered, Dominguez Jr. was shocked.

“I have no words,” he mentioned, but additionally requested, “Why is Channel 12 there?”

After letting the information sink in {that a} stranger named Steve Lopez was making an attempt to monitor down Dominguez Sr. or his household, Dominguez mentioned he’d be there as quickly as he may to see the remarkable discovery for himself.

On his manner to Lopez’s home, driving what had been his father’s van, Dominguez later mentioned he questioned, “What are you trying to tell me, Dad?”

After he arrived and thanked Lopez for making an attempt to discover the rightful proprietor, Dominguez mentioned, “Believe it or not, I was looking for these. They were lost, but never forgotten.”

Dominguez mentioned the timing is very poignant with the vacations nonetheless forward with each his dad and mom now gone.

His father handed away on the age of 87, having served in each the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force.

“He bled red, white and blue. That was dad,” Dominguez mentioned. “It’s hard to imagine what he’d be saying right now.”

Lopez instructed him, “It’s an honor to know that your dad served.”

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