A special gift for one Illinois family this holiday season. This week a once lost Purple Heart was returned to the family of a deceased veteran. Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs presented the military medal to the niece of the late Private First Class Andrew Richard. That medal, along with two others and a pair of service ribbons were turned over to the states unclaimed property division. From there the Treasurer’s office hops in to action and attempts to get those medals back to the rightful families. And on Tuesday, Bertha Richard from Elkhart had her families ribbons returned.
PFC Richard’s original medals had been destroyed in a 1970’s house fire. The medals that were returned had been left in a safe deposit box and were the official replacements once ordered by the family.