Illinois wishes to return 11 Purple Hearts to their rightful owners



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The state of Illinois is asking for the public’s help to return nearly a dozen Purple Heart medals to their rightful owners.

The medals are awarded to members of the United States military who were injured or killed in service. Illinois treasurer Michael Frerichs said 11 medals, each in a bank safe deposit box, had not been used in years. The treasurer’s office took over them as part of the office’s unclaimed property program after the owners were not found.

“These medals personify honor, sacrifice, and duty,” says Frerichs. “They belong to the loving care of families rather than hiding inside our cold cellar.”

His office release a list Their Thursday is tied to the safe deposit box, the date on which the medal is inscribed with the state treasurer’s office and the location of the bank. These include multiple banks throughout Illinois and one in Portland, Oregon.

Frerichs asked anyone who may have a clue about the location of a veteran or their family to contact his office. Illinois wishes to return 11 Purple Hearts to their rightful owners


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