PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – You never know what you might find off the beaten path.
Just outside of Hazard, debris is still piled up and stuck in trees near Robinson Elementary School. Belongings, once in a home, some now homeless and sitting on the bank of Troublesome Creek.
“Well it was brought up from the flood waters so yeah the first time we lay eyes on it we just check it out,” said Sgt. 1st Class Randy Partin.
A military uniform was found near Robinson Elementary during flooding two weeks ago. It is torn in some places and has a few minor tears. Sure, but the soldiers and the military have the task of finding the rightful owner.
“Whoever the jacket is, obviously it means a lot to them, and they want to preserve it,” said Kentucky State Police Trooper Matt Gayheart.
Gayheart says another soldier found him in the water. He says a life jacket was stuffed inside.
“They may have stuck it there just before they evacuated, or it may have been stuffed there before,” Gayheart said. “We just don’t know.”
It turns out there are a lot of things that nobody knows. There have been conflicting reports on when it might have come from.
“We don’t really know where to start, so we’re doing our best to track down these owners,” Gayheart said.
We asked Partin to take a look and see if there was anything that might provide more answers.
“You can see who this jacket belongs to, it’s a class A green top, they were rank E-6, it looks like it has the 100th training division crest on it,” Partin said. “We looked inside, and there is a label inside with the surname ‘Serafin.’ Looks like a last name, something they stapled on, also has a final four.”
Someone was proud of their service or the service of their loved one. So much so that they kept this as a member of the ultimate sacrifice. The uniform is safe at the Kentucky National Guard Armory in Hazard. A brave American, friend or family misses out on this precious legacy, with few ways to trace it.
If you know who this may belong to, contact Private Matt Gayheart at 606-435-6069.