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Treasury Department Seeks Rightful Owners Of Military Medals

Brennan Linsley
Purple Hearts Reunited founder Capt. Zachariah Fike, who was wounded in Afghanistan while serving with the Vermont Army National Guard, displays a Purple Heart from Pearl Harbor which has yet to be reunited with its owner or relatives in August 2014.

The Pennsylvania Treasury Department hopes rightful owners will come forward to claim more than 500 military medals that have ended up its possession.

Democratic Treasurer Joe Torsella said Friday some were reported to his agency as unclaimed property.

Seven of the medals, including three Purple Hearts, were recently turned over the proper veterans or their families.

The procedure to establish ownership of war medals can be lengthy and involve genealogical research.

At least 12 of the medals the department currently has are Purple Hearts. The rest are various honors related to military service.

A spokeswoman says the Treasury Department doesn't provide a detailed description of them on the state website because of procedures used to verify ownership.

The department will help potential claimants asserting their right to a medal.