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Flag that draped veteran’s casket stolen

American flag replaced before veteran died

COBLESKILL, N.Y. —Five students at an upstate New York college are being praised for replacing a U.S. flag that disappeared from the home of a World War II combat veteran.

The family of 93-year-old Howard Coger tells The Daily Star of Oneonta that he noticed in November that the American flag he flew outside his home in Cobleskill was missing.

Five young men enrolled at the state college in Cobleskill learned about it and decided to help their neighbor.

Coger’s family says the students — two from upstate New York and three from Massachusetts — bought another American flag of similar dimensions, then used a new mount to affix it to his garage before Coger died Dec. 19.

The Massachusetts students are Ethan Fervan, Jake Woodward and Kevin Hanson.

For their kindness, the college’s Student Veterans Association has made all five men honorary “student veterans.”