Illinois looks to return 11 Purple Hearts to rightful owners


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The state of Illinois wants the public’s help to return nearly a dozen Purple Hearts medals to their rightful owners.

The medals are awarded to members of the U.S. military who are injured or killed while serving. Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs said the 11 medals each were left in a bank safe deposit box that went untouched for years.

The treasurer’s office received them as part of the office’s unclaimed property program after the owners could not be found.

His office released a list Thursday of the last names associated with the safe deposit box, the date on which the medal was recorded with the state treasurer’s office, and the location of the bank. They include multiple banks across Illinois and one in Portland, Oregon.

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