WWII Veteran Returns Coast Guard Flag to Ship after Decades

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A collage of photos of Alexander Saldarini, acting quartermaster aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa during World War I, sit on top of a Coast Guard ensign after a Purple Heart Medal presentation ceremony Sept. 26, 2019 held at Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet. The Coast Guard flag was signed by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa (WMEC-902) presented to John Kendall, grandnephew of Saldarini, at the ceremony. (Jonathan Lally/U.S. Coast Guard)
A collage of photos of Alexander Saldarini, acting quartermaster aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa during World War I, sit on top of a Coast Guard ensign after a Purple Heart Medal presentation ceremony Sept. 26, 2019 held at Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet. The Coast Guard flag was signed by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa (WMEC-902) presented to John Kendall, grandnephew of Saldarini, at the ceremony. (Jonathan Lally/U.S. Coast Guard)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — A World War II veteran has returned a U.S. Coast Guard flag to its home ship after the flag spent nearly 80 years in a wooden trunk.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Thursday that the flag belonged to 96-year-old Alex Obrizok of Selma, North Carolina. He returned it last week to the USS Tampa, a Coast Guard cutter that’s based in Portsmouth, Virginia.

During Obrizok’s time in World War II, the USS Tampa escorted merchant ships with soldiers and supplies that were bound for Europe.

Obrizok took the ship’s flag home after the war. It stayed in his possession for decades.

But he met a woman this fall who recently served on the USS Tampa. That’s when Obrizok decided to return the flag. He said it belonged on the ship.

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