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Special Search For Unclaimed Medals Underway

Posted at 5:39 PM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 17:39:45-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) – As Memorial Day approaches Kentucky State Treasurer, Allison Ball is asking for help in finding the owners of lost military medals.

These aren’t just any medals- the five medals were found in an abandoned lockbox were awarded for service in World War II.

“These are World War II medals so it’s one of the most significant moments in our history and these are very meaningful to the people who have earned them,” Ball said.

According to Ball, Jeremy and Karla Segur are two names associated with the abandoned lockbox. The two are from Smiths Grove and the box came from South Central Bank in Bowling Green. With that information, she is still searching for the owner or even family members.

“I know that’s the greatest generation and they’re getting older and we’re starting to lose them, so I want to try to return them before they pass away or get it to their families,” Ball said.

The WWII medals are not the only medals left in the vault. There’s a wide range of medals from a purple heart to a bronze star, all waiting to be reunited with their owners.

The State Treasurer is making a special push to find the owners of the WWII medals as Memorial Day draws closer.

“My grandfather served in WWII,” Ball said. “He was a Navy vet. He’s 92 now, so I can see we’re really getting to that stage where we need to be very intentional by giving these medals back.”

In the past few years, $77.5 million dollars worth of lost things, including medals, have been returned across Kentucky.

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