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October 24, 2014, 2:47 am
970 WMAY News

Rutherford Seeks To Return Military Decorations To Rightful Owners


State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is using Veterans Day to remind the public that he is holding on to dozens of military medals, ribbons and other artifacts that he'd like to return to the rightful owners.

 

The items, including 16 Purple Hearts, have been turned over to the state after being left unclaimed for years in dormant safe-deposit boxes.  Rutherford has posted the names of the last rightful owner of those boxes on his website and is encouraging them to come forward.  If the owner is deceased, Rutherford says next-of-kin can claim the items if they can show proper proof that they are entitled to do so.

 

Rutherford frequently holds auctions of unclaimed property, but says he will never auction off military items.  To see the list of names linked to Rutherford's "Operation Reunite" program, go to treasurer.il.gov.

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