Wildfires consume war artifacts, spare “signs from Lord”

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OAK GROVE, Okla. -- If adversity builds character, few men are stronger than 86-year-old Floyd Sorrels. 

A 30-year veteran of the Army Air Corp., Sorrels proudly served in WWII and Korea.

Sorrells said, "I survived two wars unscathed and the Lord has been with me all along the way."

Floyd insists, he'll survive this latest round of adversity, too.

Last weekend, his Oak Grove home was among the many casualties of those horrendous wildfires.

He said, "Glad I wasn't here. I got out just in time."

When he returned, his homestead of four decades was no more. 

Floyd was an avid collector.  

He joked, "A lot of people considered my place a museum."

He owned dozens of priceless swords, handguns and rifles, some dating back to the Civil War.

Floyd even owned a Winchester rifle, believed to have been carried into Oklahoma during the land run of 1889.

His family has spent the last few days sorting through the warm cinders for any salvagable memories.

Sorrels told us, "I'm surprised the coins didn't melt. Made of tough stuff."

Perhaps nothing is more meaningful to Floyd than his late wife's assortment of ceramic figurines.

He said, "That one survived. It says, 'God speed.' The Lord sends me a message every once in a while."

The message, Floyd said, " That life is too precious to be wasted worrying about material possessions."

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