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McCracken County Museum Seeks To Reunite Veteran With Medals

Posted at 8:18 AM, Feb 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-06 08:18:09-05

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (WPSD)– Medals are usually prized possessions for service members and their families. That’s why it was so strange when a set was found on the side of a McCracken County highway.

Experts say the medals belong to a Navy veteran, who likely held a good record, good knowledge of their ships and served during times of war. But they still don’t have a name.

The priceless medals were found on the side of a road, stuck on a pizza box like a piece of trash.

The medals eventually made their way to Sandy Hart, the owner of the Kentucky Veteran and Patriot Museum.

She says she wants to find the owner or their family and make things right.

“This may have been their greatest worth in life, is that they served their country,” Hart said.

“Usually, you don’t throw things like that away,” said Jonathan Salonimer, a Vietnam veteran. “You just hold on to them just to hold on to them.”

They say the owner likely reached the rank of chief petty officer.

If you have any idea who these medals might belong to, call the Kentucky Veteran and Patriot Museum at the (270) 335-3128.