2 Men Search For The Owner Of USMC Box Found On Rural Highway In Blanchard

Tuesday, August 24th 2021, 5:28 pm
By: Hunter McKee

A couple of Oklahoma veterans are trying to reunite a family with the ashes of a fallen marine and they're getting help in the search throughout the state and beyond.

Clayton Lee said he was driving along a rural highway when he noticed a box on the side of the road. He turned around to see what it was and that's when he noticed the U.S. Marine Corps logo along the side of it.

"That's the first time I've ever seen a box on the side of the highway like that," said Lee.

Lee is a volunteer at the Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation in Norman. He helps drive veterans around the Oklahoma City metro to different appointments. He was traveling on Highway 62 near Blanchard when he found the box.

"I wasn't going to open it," said Lee.

He decided to take it back to the veteran's foundation.

"Dale shook it and he says there's something inside of it," said Brad Nelson, another volunteer.

Nelson decided to take the box to a funeral home in Moore where they opened it up and found the remains of who they think is a fallen marine. It also had a medal tag on it.

"The tag said the initials F.D.C.S.," said Nelson.

That stood for Funeral Directors Crematory Services. It said Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a number.

"I believe that number is a registered number of who it was, or next of kin," said Nelson.

Nelson and Lee are now waiting for the call back to see who this person is and where their family may be located.  Lee said they won't give up until the family is found.

"I always try to put myself in another person's place," Nelson said. "I feel like if they were in my position, they'd want to do the same thing."

Anyone with information about this box and the remains is asked to email info@dalekgrahamveteransfoundation.org.