A retired Marine said he nearly broke down in tears after finding his white Mercedes covered in black spray paint with messages like “Marines suck.”
Bart Gibson, of Fresno, Calif., told KMPH Fox 26 that he walked out to find his car destroyed last week. The vandals broke the car windows, slashed the soft top of the car and ripped mirrors off the sides. Inside the car, the vandals spray painted a black “X” across both of the front seats.
But most offensive were the words “Marines suck” spray painted in black across the trunk of the car and “USMC sucks” across the side of the car and the hood.
“I was just baffled when I walked out there and saw — I mean, I almost broke down and started crying because it was so offensive,” Gibson told KMPH.
Gibson served during the Vietnam War, according to KMPH, and now works as a licensed clinical social worker. His office is decorated with Marine Corps memorabilia, the news station reported.
He said he doesn’t know why his car was targeted, but that same day, he had affixed a license plate holder to his car that said “Semper Fidelis.”
“I think any other Marine — especially if they are currently active — would be incensed by seeing what they did to my car,” Gibson told KMPH. “I take great offense to what they wrote because I don’t view it as directed just at me, but I view it as towards my brothers and sisters in arms.”
So far, KMPH reported that no one has been caught in connection to the vandalism. There is reward of up to $1,000 for anyone that submits information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers at (559) 498-STOP.
Gibson told KMPH that he invites the vandals to stop by his office so they can explain to him why they’re so angry at the Marine Corps.