Claim: A Marine named Shawn Vernon seeks help in locating a box of lost shirts.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, June 2014]
I am traveling from fort leonard wood Missouri to Fort Worth texas a box fell off my truck somewhere on the
Origins: This appeal from a U.S. Marine named Shawn Vernon for help in locating a collection of shirts he lost when a box fell off his truck somewhere between Missouri and Oklahoma hit social media in July 2014. According to Missouri television station KOMU, the message is a genuine one, although the shirts were lost a few months before the appeal for help in finding them went viral:
Staff Sergeant Shawn Vernon collected shirts from
"I collected them all, and I'm getting ready to retire this year," Vernon said. "I was starting to move stuff back to Texas, and in the course of that move, that's the one box that fell off the back of the truck."
The Purple Heart recipient said he realized the shirts were missing in Oklahoma, so they could have fallen off anywhere between Fort Leonard Wood
"I've had a few that are more or less just fishing attempts of people trying to get me to send them money," Vernon said. "I offered a reward because they're really irreplaceable."
Vernon has been searching for almost two months and still hopes to find the shirts.
"It would mean a lot to me because then whenever I'm retired, I can wear those and kind of sow where I've been and the tings that I've done throughout my career in the Marine Corps," Vernon said.
|Interview with Shawn Vernon (KOMU-TV)|
LaBrot, Amanda. "US Marine Searches for Shirts from Operations Around the World." KOMU-TV. 6 July 2014.