Bronze plaque honoring WW II veteran stolen from Patton Cemetery gravesite

 

A bronze plaque set in concrete at the foot of the grave of a World War II veteran buried at Patton Cemetery has been stolen.

Robert Bline told WNLP in an email that his father, Forrest Bline, landed on the shores of Normandy on June 6, 1944, “earning five major battle stars and losing his brother as well.”

Robert said the theft was discovered Friday, Aug. 7, but “it could have happened anytime after Memorial Day, which was the last time I visited my father’s grave.”

WNLP is asking anyone with information concerning the theft of Forrest Bline’s plaque to contact the La Porte City Police Department at (219) 362-9446.

 

7 Responses to “Bronze plaque honoring WW II veteran stolen from Patton Cemetery gravesite”

  1. Cathy Farrington

    Aug 12. 2020

    What is this world coming to? I hope they find who ever did this horrible act.

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  2. Al

    Aug 12. 2020

    They do this at Patton EVERY year. If not stealing the metal, they deface or destroy the headstones. I don’t know who the hell in their right mind would ever allow a loved one to be buried at this ghetto hood rat cemetery. Patton never does anything about it either. No cameras, no fences, no nothing.

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  3. lawman

    Aug 12. 2020

    this happens ALOT more than people realize. the bronze flag holders are always being taken. i have observed that several plaques have been stolen off the park benches also.

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  4. Beverly Noel

    Aug 12. 2020

    My brother-in-laws plaque was stolen several years ago. It leaves 4 holes in headstones. Also have trouble keeping a flag on my fathers grave.

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  5. Wondering

    Aug 12. 2020

    Might thieves be stealing metal to resell? Surely there must be a tasteful, durable plastic replacement? If not, then local industry can come up with a solution.

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  6. lawman

    Aug 12. 2020

    Wondering-i knew this would come up. yes-there all kinds of pot metal and plastics. problem is that these ”rats” will just destroy them out of spite. so again good people have to make concessions. examples need to be made of the people caught doing this. in the past its always been ”well, its just kids having fun”.

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  7. Elcee

    Aug 13. 2020

    Theft and vandalism aren’t the only crimes going on in that cemetery.

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