Norman family searches for WWII Navy peacoat that was accidentally donated

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NORMAN - JT Wyatt proudly served as a sailor in WWII and his grandson, Richard Wyatt, considers him a father.

“My grandfather, my grandmother, they raised me," Richard said. "They brought me home from the hospital when I was 4 days old."

Richard likes to looks back through many memories from his grandfather's past, like his letters and photos.

“There's a lot of memorabilia that we have,” he said.

However, his favorite is his grandpa's WWII Navy peacoat.

“I went in on Monday morning to grab a coat, because it was a little chilly outside and that was the first thing I saw - it was gone,” Richard said.

The coat was accidentally given away.

“My wife was doing some house cleaning, got some bags switched up and inadvertently took his WWII peacoat,” Richard said.

The coat along with some other items were brought to Sister's Closet in southwest Oklahoma City but, by the time the family called, it was gone.

“It's really the only piece of clothing that I have that he had from WWII that was really pristine,” Richard said.

Richard describes it as a wool Navy peacoat.

“It has the sailor buttons on it, the rank badge on the shoulder," he said. "It looks like two hatches, its carpenters make badge, and it has his name inside stenciled 'JT Wyatt' and also has his service number in there also."

The family just wants the grandfather's Navy coat back home.

“If somebody has it, I would be happy to replace it with something else," Richard said. "I got a reward on social media right now for the coat, and we would just love to have it back."

The coat has been with the family for 74 years. The family is offering a $250 reward for the coat’s return.

If you’ve seen the coat or want to help, email Richard at or KFOR at

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