Veteran’s service medals, grandfather’s dog tags stolen from church on Memorial Day

The Mayfield Police Department is looking for leads to find out who broke into a church on Memorial Day and stole a veteran’s medals and his grandfather’s World War II dog tags.

Pastor David Sassaman of The Healing Place in Mayfield discovered multiple medals from his 11 years of service missing around 2:30 p.m. on Memorial Day, along with his grandfather’s Wold War II dog tags.

“The fact that happened on Memorial Day, which you know being a veteran and I struggle with PTSD, and days like yesterday just make it that much worse,” Sassaman said.

He’d gone to his church to grab a Bible for a wedding that evening when he found the back door and his office had been broken into.

“The first thing I noticed was my office door was hard to unlock, which was more than unusual,” Sassaman said.

He says his shadow box, missing memorabilia, was laid on the floor, and his desk had been rummaged through. A laptop, tablet, and designer pen given to Sassaman by his son were also missing.

Sassaman says the best thing would be to have his medals and grandfather’s dog tags returned.    

“You know, the thing is, I don’t harbor any ill will toward them, whoever they might be. I don’t have any anger toward them. Jesus tells me that I am to forgive enemies. I don’t have any enemies, at least I thought I didn’t have any enemies,” Sassaman said.

Mayfield police investigated on Memorial Day. They found a meat fork, which they believe may have been used to pry open the office door. As of Tuesday afternoon, it was at the department waiting to be fingerprinted.

Among friends and family on Tuesday, Sassman said he felt supported, but with a piece of himself missing. He hopes by sharing this story, he’ll encourage someone will step-up and return what he and his grandfather earned.

Sassaman says he’s also thankful nothing happened to the church.

Sassaman can replace the medals and dogs tags, which veterans can typically do at no cost, but they won’t be the originals. That’s why Sassaman is especially upset about his grandfather’s World War II tags.

If you have any information on the break in or where the items may be, contact the Mayfield Police Department at 270-247-1621.

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