A few locals are hoping to track down a local service member after a shadowbox containing his medals were found in an area storage shed.
Mark Ward said an area church came into possession of some delinquent storage units, and while going through the contents they discovered the shadowbox, which was then passed on to Ward.
“I ended up giving it to my son-in-law, and I said to him, ‘I wonder if we can get ahold of the person that this belonged to because they’d probably like it back,’” Ward said.
Ward’s son-in-law, Mark Krigbaum said the shadowbox contains several medals and a nameplate identifying the service member as Gunnery Sergeant Bradley L. Jones USMC, with service dates listed from April 1995 to July 1999.
“I don’t know much about it, frankly,” Krigbaum said. “I put it on Facebook because I hoped the guy or somebody that was still in the area knew more about him and the significance of the shadowbox.”
Among the identified medals and ribbons are a rifle expert medal, a Joint Service Commendation medal, a National Defense Service Medal, a pistol marksmanship medal, a National Communication System Director’s Award for Excellence in Leadership and Jones’ dog tag.
“It sounds like the guy had some pretty interesting stuff going on,” Krigbaum said.
“With somebody in the military, stuff like that means something to them,” Ward said. “If it didn’t, he wouldn’t have bothered to put it in a shadowbox.”
If you have any information about Jones or his family, contact Krigbaum at 573-880-8414 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.