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    Sisters Found Military Funeral Flag in Trash, Honor Soldier in Home

    Sisters Found Military Funeral Flag in Trash, Honor Soldier in Home

    LARGO, Fla. — In August, two sisters stopped by lot 669 of Largo's Ranchero Village mobile home park hoping to find a toaster oven or maybe a lamp among the items stacked curbside to be taken for free.

    They went home with bed linens and a U.S. flag from a 1974 funeral in Michigan.

    They kept the linens but hope to return the flag to the soldier's family.

    “It doesn't belong to us,” said Lisa Dernoncourt, one of the Largo sisters. “It belongs to the family.”

    But, so far, they've been unsuccessful in returning it and wonder if they will.

    So, out of respect, Dernoncourt's husband Steve Dernoncourt will build a shadow box that will display the flag in their home.

    “He served our country,” she said. “We don't know him. But that doesn't matter. He was someone's son and brother, and he loved our country. That's enough for me.”

    Inside the flag's fold was the laminated obituary for the deceased, Richard T. Morse, who died in a car accident in Virginia at the age of 18. There was also driver's license information and condolence letters from the United States Navy to the family.

    In September, Dernoncourt reached out to the Tampa Bay Times for help locating the family.

    The Times learned that Richard Morse's brother, Robert Morse, lived at lot 669.

    A Ranchero Village front office employee who only identified herself as Sherry said Robert Morse had died and the family placed some of his belongings outside the mobile home to…

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