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My friend Gordon is buried in Arlington Nation Park Cemetery. He served in Vietnam and was shot in the jaw in 1970. This is his grave. He was volunteer at the Vietnam Memorial Wall. RIP Flash! A big thank you to all our veterans and for fighting for rights of freedom and freedom of choice. God Bless you!




Sgt. Jeanetter Winters brother, Matthew, drives through Calumet Park Cemetery on the way to visit his sister's grave. Photo by POST TRIB

After being lambasted on the Internet for a day and being inundated with phone calls and criticism for greedy behavior, Mark Perko, a businessman who owns a furniture store in Hobart, IN, decided late Tuesday to return to the family the belongings and families’ mementos and documents of fallen U.S. Marine Sgt. Jeannette L. Winters. Huffington Post even had a story about Perko here.
“I’ll take my loss; I’ll give it back,” Perko said to the Gary Post Tribune. “Now it’s time to give it up. I’m tired. I’ve kept it well preserved. I do this for a living.”
Despite countless donation offers and a media firestorm, the late Marine Sgt. Jeannette Winters’ brother Matthew Winters Jr., said Tuesday he had yet to reach a deal with Perko, of Hobart.
Perko purchased the former property of Sgt. Winters from a delinquent storage unit at least four years ago. He reportedly called Matthew Winters Jr. while Winters visited her grave at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, IN.
My grandfather, a World War I veteran and volunteer Gary, IN firefighter is buried in that cemetery. He’s been buried there since 1946 after he died from tuberculosis.
Sgt. Winters, of Gary, IN was the first U.S. servicewoman killed in the war in Afghanistan when a tanker plane crashed into a mountain in Pakistan in January 2002.
Matthew Winters Jr. said he missed a nonrefundable flight back to his home in Twentynine Palms, CA, and is missing work while he tries to resolve the situation. Matthew, also a combat Marine vowed to protect his sister and her honor.
Perko claims he unsuccessfully tried to reach the Winters family several years ago after he purchased the property.
The collection includes Winters’ dog tags and funeral flag, her birth certificate and a report about the crash that took her life. Perko also has letters from President Bush, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, an Indiana General Assembly proclamation and a Gary City Council resolution. Also included are Winters’ military records and medals, her personal photographs and address book, and a white Calumet High School graduation gown and a vial of sand from Pakistan.
A Sgt. Jeannette Winters Center for Homeless Female Veterans was dedicated last week in the Glen Park neighborhood of Gary, IN. That’s when Winters’ brother discovered Perko had his sister’s belongings.
Robert Farmer, executive director of Webb House Inc. offered Perko $1,000 and 4 tickets to a Chicago Bears football game and Perko refused the offer.
Jon Seidel reported that Mark Perko declined to speak at length with the Post-Tribune on Tuesday. At the time, he said he didn’t feel safe returning to his furniture outlet store in Lake Station after the story broke.
Hundreds of people have reportedly driven by Perko’s furniture store in Hobart.