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Marine veteran's trailer stolen in Aloha with military medals inside

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The back of Nunez' trailer, with California plates and Marines stickers. The back of Nunez' trailer, with California plates and Marines stickers.
Nunez with some of his awards in the background. Nunez with some of his awards in the background.
Leo Nunez and his family. Leo Nunez and his family.
The side of Nunez' black trailer, stolen from his home. The side of Nunez' black trailer, stolen from his home.
ALOHA, OR (KPTV) -

Deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the theft of a trailer in Aloha this week – but it’s what was inside that’s making the victim a little heartsick.

“At first it didn’t hit me, oh a trailer, we’ll see,” said Leo Nunez. “But then I started going back to what exactly was inside, and said, ‘Oh my gosh, oh my gosh,’ and then the big, ‘Oh my gosh!’”

You see, Leo Nunez is a military man.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 21 years, deployed in the Gulf War and in Afghanistan. He had decades of photos, memorabilia and medals documenting his service that were all tucked away in a foot locker inside that trailer.

“Pretty much the representation of 21 years of service is just gone,” he told FOX 12.

Some of the medals that are now missing include commendations from the Global War on Terrorism, the liberation of Kuwait, honors for promotions and service through the years and certificates from Marine Corps leaders, as well as the president.

“Don’t get me wrong, I can always buy other medals, but it’s not the same meaning,” he said.

So far, there’s no sign of the special trailer outfitted with California plates and Marines stickers.

To whoever took it, Leo says keep the trailer. It’s the priceless memories – symbols of his service and sacrifice – he’s desperate to have back.

“Sometimes you don’t think too much about it because you [serve] with the best of intentions,” he said. “But when you see all the sacrifices you put your family through sometimes and the separations, it makes it valuable. Yeah.”

Nunez says even an anonymous tip could go a long way in helping him get his military memories back.

If you see the trailer or know who might have taken it, contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

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