PINCKNEY, Mich. (WXYZ) — A Pinckney man wants your assist getting his grandfather’s World Warfare II knife again after it was by chance bought at a transferring sale.
Brian Bethke says the knife is all he has from his grandfather. He says he simply desires to get it again and is prepared to pay for it.
“That knife means extra to me than cash,” Brian mentioned.
He mentioned he is heartbroken after his grandfather’s World Warfare II knife was by chance bought in a transferring sale on March four for $20.
“I had all of the stuff that I didn’t need bought over on one aspect and I simply acquired so busy and I forgot to take it house and put it in a secure place and it kinda acquired blended in with the sale,” Brian mentioned.
He mentioned he was cleansing out his father’s home after he died final summer time. Brian says his grandfather, Duane Elroy Bethke, was a bombardier in World Warfare II. Brian says his grandfather was the lead bombardier of 1,000 planes. His grandfather’s spouse, Audrey, additionally served. She was a nurse for the Purple Cross throughout World Warfare II.
Brian’s grandfather handed away in 2014 and Audrey handed away in 2019. Brian says his grandfather went on all types of missions however one specifically stood out.
“His mission was to hunt out Adolf Hitler and bomb him, and the issue was it was a bit too overcast and my grandpa needed to name it off and name the entire fleet of,” Brian mentioned.
The knife is particular to the Pinckney man. It’s all he has to recollect his grandfather – a souvenir of a person who bravely served his nation.
“That’s one thing that I needed to go on to my children and I needed to maintain that within the household,” Brian mentioned. “Even when I don’t get the knife again no less than I do know that we tried and perhaps my grandpa’s story will get on the market a bit bit.”