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The flag of the World War II warship, stolen from City Hall during Nevada protests, is returned by a mysterious man

“This had to be protected”: Flag of WWII warship USS Reno, stolen from City Hall during Nevada protests, is returned by mysterious man fearing looters would burn him

  • Flag was on a WWII battleship credited with shooting down 5 aircraft at Iwo Jima
  • The glass display with the USS Reno flag was destroyed during protests on Sunday
  • The flag was delivered anonymously to KRNV TV journalist Kenzie Margiott
  • A note was added that said, “Need protection. Looters burned with a flag. R.I.P George Floyd ‘

A flag of a World War II warship stolen from City Hall during the Nevada protests on Saturday has been returned by a mysterious man who was afraid looters would burn him.

City spokesman Jon Humbert confirmed the glass display case in which the U.S.S. Reno’s flag was raised during demonstrations of the death of Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for minutes, even after he stopped moving.

The Reno protest was peaceful until a smaller group of people saw the old police station breached, stealing from downtown businesses, and burning an American flag, authorities said.

“It’s an incredible gut,” said Humbert.

KRNV reports that the flag was on Tuesday in a package that was delivered anonymously to the TV station and addressed to journalist Kenzie Margiott with a note in Sharpie that said, “Need protection. Looters burned with a flag. R.I.P George Floyd. ‘

This photo by KRNV journalist Kenzie Margiott shows a note addressed to Margiott and a flag of the USS Reno, a WWII warship, after it was returned anonymously to City Hall in Reno, Nev., Tuesday, June 2, 2020. The flag was stolen from the display on Saturday after people broke into City Hall, amid protests over the death of George Floyd

This photo by KRNV journalist Kenzie Margiott shows a note addressed to Margiott and a flag of the USS Reno, a World War II warship, after it was returned anonymously to City Hall in Reno, Nev., Tuesday, June 2, 2020. The flag was stolen from the display on Saturday after people broke into City Hall, amid protests over the death of George Floyd

Picture: the restored U.S.S. Reno flag after it was returned to City Hall. The men of the U.S.S. Reno was credited with shooting down five enemy aircraft and helped shoot down two more at Iwo Jima

Picture: the restored U.S.S. Reno flag after it was returned to City Hall. The men of the U.S.S. Reno was credited with shooting down five enemy aircraft and helped shoot down two more at Iwo Jima

Picture: the restored U.S.S. Reno flag after it was returned to City Hall. The men of the U.S.S. Reno was credited with shooting down five enemy aircraft and helped shoot down two more at Iwo Jima

This photo by Kenzie Margiott shows a flag of a World War II warship after it was anonymously returned to City Hall in Reno, Nev., Tuesday

This photo of Kenzie Margiott shows a flag of a World War II warship after it was returned anonymously to the town hall in Reno, Nev on Tuesday.

This photo by Kenzie Margiott shows a flag of a World War II warship after it was anonymously returned to City Hall in Reno, Nev., Tuesday

The torn flag had a Manila label labeled ’85 -55-A USS Reno CL-96 ‘.

Margiott said she called the city immediately and the vice mayor arrived within the hour with tears in his eyes.

“I am very happy and grateful that they sent it to you and that we can give it back to the city and the people of Reno,” Reese said.

The flag was donated to the city in 1946 after a ceremony at Powning Veterans Memorial Park, the Reno Gazette Journal reported.

Protesters attend a demonstration demanding justice for the death of George Floyd on May 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Protesters attend a demonstration demanding justice for the death of George Floyd on May 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Protesters attend a demonstration demanding justice for the death of George Floyd on May 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada

The men of the U.S.S. Reno was credited with shooting down five enemy aircraft and helped shoot down two more at Iwo Jima.

Two sailors from Reno served on the U.S.S. Reno: Lt. Henry L. Clayton and Yoman Second Class Glen A. Spoon.

The battleship was decommissioned on June 1, 1946 and scrapped three years later.

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