LINCOLN – Somebody vandalized the grave of a veteran in town who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during what is commonly known as the Black Hawk Down incident.
Some time earlier this month, spray paint was used on the gravesite of U.S. Army Master Sgt. Gary Gordon.
The police department posted on Facebook that Gordon was “not only a hometown hero for Lincoln, but an American hero.”
Town leaders, who wanted to stone cleaned before Memorial Day, contacted Sue Dunham and Stu Kallgren at Maine Gravesite Maintenance who just happened to be in town working on another grave restoration.
“We went right up and looked at it, saw right off it had been vandalized,” Kallagren said Monday. “A lot of people had different theories on it but it’s vandalism – that’s what it is. We cleaned it up and I cleaned four other veteran stones that were right there in the vicinity.”
The company did not charge the town. Kallgren said it was their way of giving back to the veterans who gave all they could.
Police continue to search for the person responsible for the vandalism.