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Gold Star family vows to rebuild son's stolen truck

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A pickup truck that served as a living memorial to Cpl. Michael Thompson was totaled after being stolen. (KFOR) A pickup truck that served as a living memorial to Cpl. Michael Thompson was totaled after being stolen. (KFOR)
Cpl. Michael Tompson was killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq in 2008. (KFOR/Courtesy) Cpl. Michael Tompson was killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq in 2008. (KFOR/Courtesy)
The legend on the tailgate of Cpl. Michael Thompson's memorial truck. (KFOR) The legend on the tailgate of Cpl. Michael Thompson's memorial truck. (KFOR)

HARRAH, Okla. -- U.S. Army Cpl. Michael E. Thompson had owned his pickup truck for less than one year before he was killed in a helicopter crash while serving in Iraq in 2008.

Thompson had graduated from Kingston High School in 2003.

"It was devastating," said Kory Thompson, the fallen soldier's dad.

So he decided to make Michael's truck something special.

"I wanted to make a rolling tribute to him," Kory explained.

The truck was customized from front to back and covered in red, white and blue.

"The tailgate really tells the whole story of the truck: 'All gave some; some gave all,'" Kory said.

But recently, Kory Thompson's heart was broken once again after the memorial truck disappeared from his driveway.

"It usually stays in the shed out there, but we had moved it out because we`re moving," Kory said.

Not long after reporting it stolen, officers called him back with devastating news.

"I knew it was probably going to be bad because it was a rollover," the soldier's father said.

The truck was found crashed out in a ditch, totaled. But Kory said he could never part with the vehicle that has such a special meaning for his family.

"My vision is for it to be on the road again ... but just as a tribute... as tribute to all veterans, and especially those that gave all and the families that gave all," he said.

The family has established a GoFundMe page to help pay for extensive repairs to Cpl. Thompson's truck.

"He was a great person, he was a great patriot," Kory Thompson said. "He loved his state, he loved his country. He was a great American, and we need more of that in this world today."

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