An Iraq war veteran is asking for the return of an American flag that was recently stolen from him that he says has sentimental value.
“I just pray that whoever has that flag can find it in them as a human – and as a God-fearing American – to turn it back in,” ~ Gomez
Nolan Gomez said he usually flies the flag from his truck but took it off when he was doing some yard work. He placed it in a cone along the road, ran an errand and discovered it was gone when he came back, Fox News reports.
TACOMA, Wash. – The sign says, “Please return my flag, sentimental to me. I brought it back from Iraq. The bottom four stripes have my buddy’s blood on them.”
“This was very important to him,” said Kim Phillips, who lives in Tacoma. She said veteran Nolan Gomez was doing some yard work when someone stole his American flag.
“It’s showing that I have pride for what I’ve done. And I love my country, matter what I’ve been through – I love my country and I want everybody to see that,” Gomez said.
Zoom in & you can see faded spots – blood stains from a friend he lost. The pole is made from a yellow broomstick.
— Deedee Sun (@DeedeeKIRO7) July 22, 2018
He got the flag in 2007 while deployed in Iraq. He said a boy there gave it to him.
“I was actually shocked. It was his country we were in and he gave me an American flag,” Gomez said, KIRO Local 7 News reported.
While serving in combat in Iraq, an Iraq boy gave him the American Flag. Then some time later, while doing a patrol with his unit, they were hit by an IED.
An improvised explosive device (IED) is a bomb constructed and deployed in ways other than in conventional military action. It may be constructed of conventional military explosives, such as an artillery shell, attached to a detonating mechanism. IEDs are commonly used as roadside bombs.
Gomez grabbed the American Flag and used it as a tourniquet on his buddies legs, which at the hospital his friend lost his legs. When they finally made it back to the states, his friend suffered heavy PTSD and ended up taking his own life.
Gomez kept the flag because of the deep sentimental reminder of his friend, his battle buddy and ultimately his brother. The flag has blood stains at the bottom and it reminds Gomez to stay strong and battle on.
“No matter what I’ve been through, I love my country, and I want everybody to see that.”
The flag Nolan Gomez fought hard to protect is gone, stolen in broad daylight while he was working on South 52nd and South Tyler Street in Tacoma.
“It was mine, I earned it, it was my title, I woke up and I was happy with that flag,” Gomez said. “I think they’re a coward honestly. They’re a coward. Anybody that sees that flag, they know there is some kind of history behind it or what we do as Americans to fight for the flag.”
Some neighborhood kids brought Gomez another flag when they heard. He appreciates the kind gesture, but the one he really wants, is the one he has history and bloodshed with.
“Not understanding that the man behind that flag really cherished that flag,” said Gomez. “It meant a lot to him.” Komo News
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.