AZ Marines search to find home for comrade's medals
POSTED: Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 12:04pm
TUSCON, AZ (CNN) — A group of Marines in Arizona is trying to find a home for medals that once belonged to a fellow marine.
He has become the brother they never met.
"He's a Marine. Once a Marine, always a Marine," retired Marine, Frank Felix told CNN.
A few years back a friend brought retired Sergeant Frank Felix a briefcase.
Dumped, by a landlord after the resident of a nearby apartment passed away.
Inside, photos, records, and medals bestowed upon a Corporal Charles H. Stoeckle.
"I was devastated. I felt like crying. I said, 'This is not right. This is a guy who served his country," Felix said.
Felix held onto the treasures assuming someone would claim them.
Now he's calling in his brothers, and CNN for help.
"I don't know who threw it away. They have no knowledge of what it is. This guy's our hero,” said Mike Obregon, a Retired Marine.
Commander John Rodriguez told CNN, “A lot of the general public don't realize what these people did to deserve these awards. It's very disheartening.”
So we began to dig.
Web and whitepage searches came up empty.
But the nationwide gravesite locator shows Corporal Stoeckle a Nebraska native is buried in Sierra Vista.
And from here the mystery only deepens. Cemetery directors say Corporal Stoeckle doesn't have any next of kin listed. .
An unclaimed veteran, with an untold story.
So until someone comes forward...Tucson detachment 07 plans to honor their brother themselves.
Tonight Felix got his first glimpse of the new display for Corporal Charles Stoeckle.
CNN affiliate KGUN tracked down the funeral home where Corporal Stoeckle was cremated.
His arrangements were handled by the county.
Records show he has two children but no names were listed.