SAN DIEGO - A retired Navy chief petty officer called Team 10 after she said her son's Navy uniform was stolen as he traveled during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Jane Purvis told Team 10 her son, Missile Technology Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael A. Purvis, flew American Airlines from Seattle to Dallas on Nov. 25.
Michael Purvis, a Bonita Vista High School graduate, is stationed aboard the USS Pennsylvania in Washington state.
Jane Purvis said his grandmother, who lives in Dallas, was diagnosed with terminal cancer and had been asking for him. Purvis said her son spent the Thanksgiving holiday with his family, even bringing his dress blue uniform to show his beloved grandmother.
Purvis told Team 10 upon his return to Seattle on Nov. 29, he discovered that his luggage was either opened inadvertently or opened on purpose, and he noticed his dress blue uniform was missing, along with an autographed Dallas Cowboys football signed by former Cowboy Ed "Too Tall" Jones.
"Michael was brought up in a Navy household; both of us are retired Navy chief petty officers. There was no question in his mind what he was going to do after completing high school. He proudly joined the United States Navy and currently serves on a submarine," Purvis wrote in an email to Team 10.
"He reported the missing articles to American Airlines to no avail. The attendant was less than receptive and/or helpful. Their attitude was one of total disregard. Our son is sacrificing a lot to serve our country and to have his uniform stolen is unacceptable," Purvis said.
Purvis wants American Airlines to reimburse him to replace the uniform.
UPDATE: Team 10 Troubleshooter Cristin Severance reached out to American Airlines and told them what happened. The airline contacted the Purvis family, apologized about what happened and promised to reimburse Michael Purvis for the uniform. An airline representative also said they would expedite this process to get a resolution.