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Pasco Family Searching for Father's Missing Military Tags; Mistakenly Donated Them to Goodwill

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A family in Pasco is hoping someone can help them find one of their most prized possessions. A family in Pasco is hoping someone can help them find one of their most prized possessions.
PASCO, WA - A family in Pasco is hoping someone can help them find one of their most prized possessions. Donald Jackie Vice's family says they inadvertently gave their father's military tags to Goodwill and now they just want them back.

Donald's grandson, Tyler Vice, was especially fond of his grandfather. He remembers the Korean War veteran as being a role model, a kind person, in his own words, his "best friend." 

"He'd sit here and tell you stories...sit here and watch the Mariners game with him. I mean if you'd come into his house, he'd treat you like you was one of his own--he was just a loving, caring man," said Tyler Vice, when asked about his grandfather.

Donald died in August 2012 from cancer. His sudden death hit Tyler hard, but the 17-year-old found comfort in knowing he would always have his grandfather's military dog tags to remember him. 

"That's the one thing...the only thing I asked for, from them, was those dog tags," said Tyler holding back tears.

Unfortunately, the tags disappeared shortly after the family donated some of Donald's belongings to Goodwill. 

"They were in an old wallet of his and we thought we put them in a newer wallet to save, so they wouldn't get lost and we put old wallets in the goodwill pile and apparently they were not in the wallet we saved," said Jessie Kirk, Tyler's aunt. 

Jessie says she dropped the items off at the Goodwill donation truck on Road 68 in Pasco. At the time, Tyler was living with his father in Republic, Washington, near the Canadian border--the family didn't realize the tags were missing though until about 2 months ago, when they were dividing up their father's estate.

"That's something of ours that should have never left the family. It was an honest mistake," said Tyler. 

The family describe the tags as being old and gray with the name "Donald Jackie Vice" written on them, as well as his social security number notched into the stainless steel. They say having the tags back would be like having a part of him in their lives again. 

"It'd just mean the world to us to have them back. It'd mean the world to me to have them back...to have my best friend back," added Tyler. 

If you have any information about the lost dog tags send me an email, zac.summers@kndu.com.


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