Memorial flag returned to Spartanburg family

Donald Wilcox's memorial flag

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – An Upstate man now has part of his family’s history with him.

Friday afternoon, Robert Wilcox watched his grandchildren open the box, with his brother Donald’s memorial flag. Robert says his brother served in World War II. The flag honored his life and service when he passed away in 1994.

Robert doesn’t know how the flag ended up where it did.

“I don’t know where it’s been but I thank you so much for bringing it to me,” he said.

Across the country in Seattle, Washington, the flag was in the back of a U-Haul trailer abandoned in a parking lot. Nick Bell found it when he was taking the items to the dump.

“Losing something like that is just not good and it would mean a lot for them to get it back,” Bell said.

They contacted the CBS station in Seattle, who worked with 7News to find the Wilcox family and ship the flag back to South Carolina.

“I appreciate it so much. I sure do, had to be a good person, had to be a good person,” said Robert of the people who found the flag and helped return it.

Robert tells 7News that part of the family did live in the Seattle area, but he doesn’t know how it ended up abandoned. He wants to find a special spot for it in his home.

Donald Wilcox's memorial flag
Donald Wilcox’s memorial flag

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