A dark blue Ford F-250 extended cab is still missing after being taken from the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154 property on Christmas. The trailer, containing a memorial wall and books, was recovered.

A dark blue Ford F-250 extended cab is still missing after being taken from the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154 property on Christmas. The trailer, containing a memorial wall and books, was recovered.

Photo provided by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154


Stolen Vietnam Veterans trailer found in Detroit; truck still missing

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published December 27, 2018

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A stolen trailer containing the Michigan Vietnam War Traveling Memorial had been found, but the truck hauling the trailer is still missing.

The trailer and a truck, a dark blue Ford F-250 extended cab, were stolen likely sometime after midnight on Christmas from the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154 at 18205 15 Mile Road in Clinton Township. Members realized Dec. 26 that the vehicle and trailer were missing.

The chapter posted the theft on its Facebook page Dec. 26, with the post being shared hundreds of times across the social media network.

“We’ve been getting calls all throughout the state,” VVA Chapter 154 President Steve Bago said Dec. 27. “Everyone wants to know, ‘How’s the wall?’”

He said Dec. 27 that VVA members went to Detroit and picked up the trailer and brought it home. The trailer was in an impound lot near the intersection of Iroquois Avenue and Canfield Street.

Full inventory was not taken, he said, and items like a microwave and generator were not accounted for. But the memorial itself, which contains a 250-foot, half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., is “intact,” according to Bago. Books were also intact.

The trailer is still usable, Bago added, though a lock was ripped off one side.

VVA 154 has surveillance cameras on its property, was in the process of reviewing the footage. The Clinton Township Police Department already investigated the scene, as well as the trailer, with Bago saying they took DNA evidence off it.

The traveling memorial is dedicated to the men and women who were killed during the Vietnam War.

“The traveling memorial is the heart of our association here. It’s our heart and soul,” Bago said. “We believe so much in remembering those who went before us. We truly believe in remembering the veterans who didn’t get a chance to come home; to walk their daughter down the aisle; to marry their high school sweetheart. Those were milestones in our lives, and they didn’t get to enjoy that.”

Anyone with information about the theft can call Clinton Township Police at (586) 493-7810.

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