Berks, Chester Veterans Receive ‘Missing’ Medals

HARRISBURG PA – Military veterans or their families who live in Berks and Chester counties are among those who received a combined total of 36 military decorations – including a medal and ribbon honoring service in World War I – returned by Pennsylvania Treasurer Stacy Garrity under the state’s unclaimed property program, her office said Wednesday (Aug. 4, 2021).

The decorations returned included medals, pins, patches, and military identification tags (better known as “dog tags”) that were sent to the Treasury as unclaimed contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes. While most unclaimed property comes in as cash, Treasury also receives jewelry, collectibles, and other family keepsakes. All are stored in its massive vault.

“Of all my duties … returning military decorations to veterans and their families is the most rewarding,” Garrity said. “Our veterans have served their country with bravery and heroism. The medals and decorations they earned can tell their story of service long after they’re gone. That’s why it’s such an honor to return them to their rightful owners.” None were identified by name.

Garrity signed proclamations thanking the veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice. An additional set of recipients was located in Blair County, she added.

Photo by Bryan Reckard for the U.S. Navy via Wikimedia Commons