Michael Gagliano's LSU jacket has been found

LSU jacket belonging to late Vietnam Vet, BRPD officer found, returned to family

BATON ROUGE, La. – A beloved LSU jacket that belonged to a late Tiger Band alum, Vietnam Veteran and Baton Rouge Police officer has been found.

The family of Michael “Bubba” Gagliano, 75, had been frantically trying to locate the unique jacket he cherished and owned for over two decades. It disappeared from the nursing home where he had been staying and the family was told it had been donated to the Goodwill in Denham Springs.

Carrie Gagliano and her sister told UWK they noticed the jacket was missing after their father passed away on February 4. After his funeral, they went back to the nursing home to clean out his room.

On Monday morning, Carrie and her sister woke up to a flurry of Facebook messages and emails saying they had found their father’s jacket. The two sisters had received fake emails from scammers saying they had the jacket but this time it was real.

“They sent pictures and I said ‘Oh my God, that’s my dad’s jacket,'” exclaimed Carrie.

“WE HAVE THE JACKET!” was all Carrie needed to say in a Facebook post around 3:30 p.m. on Monday.

A digital creator named Justin “Danger” Nunley, who has millions of followers on TikTok, Instagram and Facebook drove in from Alabama to return the jacket to the Gaglianos in Denham Springs.

Nunley announced this past weekend he was offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who returned the jacket to him, no questions asked. Several celebrities contributed to Nunley’s reward like Chris Young, Joey Swoll, Jamie McGuire and others.

According to Carrie, the person who returned the jacket told them their dad was also a resident of the same nursing home and a worker gave the jacket to his family on Friday.

“So the day after my daddy’s funeral and after my sister and I went to find my daddy’s jacket, the worker told this man’s family they could have the jacket,” said Carrie.

She said according to the man’s family, the worker told their dad she bought it at Goodwill for him.

“A little suspicious… considering it was nowhere to be found at the Goodwill,” said Carrie. “We did say no questions asked [and] that’s okay, we have the jacket back!”

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The Gagliano family said they have been touched by the outpouring of support from people trying to help them find their father’s jacket.

“Our community has been so amazing and we’re so fortunate to live where we live. We got the jacket back and that’s what matters,” said Carrie. “We’ve made a whole bunch of new friends in the process.”




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When asked if there was anything she wanted to say to people in Denham Springs and Greater Baton Rouge, she was overcome with emotion.

“We love you and I feel like I need to buy a whole bunch more Christmas cards this year. I feel like our Christmas card list just really expanded,” she told UWK as she teared up. “We love our community!”

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One Response

  1. “No questions asked” but so many questions are there! No healthcare worker should presume to give belongings from one resident/patient to another and I truly hope the administration of the nursing home follows up internally.

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