- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

HAYDEN, Idaho (AP) - The director of a northern Idaho museum honoring a World War II hero says someone stole an ammo box on the Fourth of July.

Pappy Boyington Field Museum Director Richard Le Francis says the ammo box from the 1970s or 1980s has little value but its disappearance on a national holiday felt like stolen patriotism.

Le Francis tells the Coeur d’Alene Press (https://bit.ly/29j550o) that the ammo box filled with rocks held up a parking lot sign on the windy Monday until it disappeared.

Gregory “Pappy” Boyington was born in Coeur d’Alene in 1912. The Marine Corps pilot led the Black Sheep Squadron and downed 26 enemy planes before being captured by the Japanese and spending 20 months in a prisoner-of-war camp.

He received the Medal of Honor and Navy Cross.


Information from: Coeur d’Alene Press, https://www.cdapress.com

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