Heartless thieves in Florida last week stole a storage trailer that contained the belongings of a Marine who died fighting Iraq.
The items were all Keith Dougherty had left to remember his hero son. Twenty-year-old Scott Dougherty was killed 11 years ago.
“It feels like he died all over again,” Dougherty, 61, told FoxNews.com Sunday.
Dougherty got a call Wednesday morning telling him the trailer he had parked behind Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Roman Catholic Church in Bradenton had been stolen.
Dougherty, a maintenance supervisor at the church, kept his son’s belongings in the trailer, along with other items, like medical records, tax returns and Christmas decorations.
“His boots, his uniforms, his battle fatigues…It means nothing to nobody but it means something to me and my daughter,” Dougherty told Fox 13.
A bomb killed Marine Lance Corporal Scott Dougherty in July, 2004, near Al Anbar Province. There were two explosions, Dougherty said. The explosions killed four other Marines.
“He didn’t make it,” Dougherty told Fox 13. “After the second explosion, they had to use DNA to find out who was who.”
He kept Scott's military items in the locked trailer in black duffel bags.
“It was like a time capsule if you want to call it that,” Dougherty told FoxNews.com.
He filed a report with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. Unfortunately, he never registered it with a vehicle identification number so the trailer can’t be entered into the state and national theft database.
“They can have the trailer and everything else, just let me have the military stuff,” he told Fox 13. “That’s all I ask.”