Menendez Statement on the Return of U.S. Flag Stolen from the Family of a NJ Vet Killed in Vietnam War

Menendez Statement on the Return of U.S. Flag Stolen from the Family of a NJ Vet Killed in Vietnam War


WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez today responded to the return of an American flag, flown in tribute to a New Jersey veteran, which was stolen from the family’s North Wildwood home.  Seaman Patrick M. Corcoran, 19, died in 1969 when the ship he was serving on collided with an Australian aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War.

“This is truly a happy ending.  I hope the family of Patrick Corcoran, especially his surviving siblings Tom Corcoran and Susan Meissler, can rest easy now that the flag has been returned.  That anyone would steal an American flag, let alone one that meant so much to this family, was absolutely unconscionable.  Like the thousands of New Jerseyans who were moved and offered an outpouring of support after hearing this story, I am so relieved that the flag is back where it belongs, and that it will continue to fly and serve as a lasting tribute to a true American hero.”

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