WOODLAND PARK, Colo. — A quest to identify 17 American heroes continues.
We first met Navy veteran Ira Dube back in February, after he found some mementos from his late father, Stan Dube, who served in World War II.
“[I] came across a stack of our father’s old artwork,” Dube said. “He used to draw sketches of people in restaurants when we were eating and handed them to them on the way out when he left.”
Dube found a portfolio of drawings with his father’s signature. The unique sketches appeared to be his father’s comrades in the 27th Infantry Division, 105th Infantry Regiment circa 1941.
“It’s how my dad saw them through his eyes,” Dube said.
Dube had very few details about his dad’s service in the military.
“He never talked about WWII,” Dube said. “I don’t think anybody did when they came back.”
It’s been a long mission with extensive searches. Now he’s hoping these sketches get a proper sendoff to family members.
“I keep going on to the sites, looking at pictures, trying to match sketches to those pictures,” Dube said.
With the help of our story back in February, he’s already sent two sketches home to families.
“They were surprised, because for one, they never knew they existed,” Dube said.
He feels it’s his duty to continue the search.
“I believe I have identified several other sketches. It’s a matter of finding a family,” Dube said.
To get more exposure, he hopes to send them to the New York State Military Museum.
“When I pass away, nobody is going to do anything with these sketches,” he said. “I don’t want these to end up in a dumpster. I don’t want them to be discarded and forgotten.”
The museum in New York wasn’t sure they could help Ira’s sketches find a home. But after extensive research, Ira found many of the men drawn in the sketches were from New York.
The museum posted a story based on our interview back in February about the sketches. Dube is hoping now with the increased interest, the museum will be the permanent home for these sketches, unless they go to family.
If the New York Museum doesn’t take them, he will send them to the National Guard Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.