New Jersey Family Gets Back Stolen Flag From Fallen Sailor

An American flag stolen in New Jersey from the family of a Philadelphia man who was killed during the Vietnam War has been returned.

A family associate said Tuesday the flag was located and an unidentified woman returned it to a neighbor.

The family wanted the flag back "no questions asked" and won't pursue charges against the woman.

Police say the flag had been hanging from a flagpole on the Fourth of July in North Wildwood when someone stole it.

Patrick Corcoran Flag

The flag was given to the family of 19-year-old Navy Seaman Patrick Corcoran during his funeral.

"It's the last item we really have of Patrick's memory," brother Tom Corcoran told NBC10's Ted Greenberg last week. "We don't have a body, we don't have a tombstone, we don't have anything."[[385765151,C]]

Corcoran and 73 other sailors were killed in 1969 when the USS Frank E. Evans collided with an Australian aircraft carrier in the South China Sea. Corcoran's body was never found.

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