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WWII Veterans Ashes Stolen From Pickup Truck

Posted at 7:34 PM, May 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-02 20:57:42-04

A family driving through Nashville on their way to Florida was desperate to get their grandfathers ashes back after they were stolen during their trip.

Gordon Crawford knew what it was like to be on a mission after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the mission he was on was far more personal than the ones he was sent on in the Army.
 
"I guarantee they had no idea what they were taking," Gordon said.
 
The 49-year-old and his granddaughter had stopped at the Smyrna La Quinta on Friday night. When Gordon woke up he discovered the cargo carrier from his pickup truck was gone. Inside were his medals, photos and a box.
 
It's the box he desperately wanted back. "It was my father-in-laws ashes," he said.
 
Neil Cronan served in WWII, and he died 14 years ago - now his ashes have been stolen. 
 
"What upsets me is whoever these people are when they see what it is they'll throw it in a dumpster and that's pretty upsetting," he added
 
Crawford offered a $1,000 reward for the safe return of the ashes.