Purple Heart: 11 Purple Hearts waiting for return to rightful owners

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Published: Nov. 11, 2022 at 4:44 PM CST
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(25 News Now) - Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs is on a mission to return 11 Purple Hearts to their rightful owners and needs your help.

Part of Operation Purple Heart, the medals were sent to the treasurer’s office for safekeeping as part of the unclaimed property program after sitting in bank safe deposit boxes for years.

Frerichs says it’s a challenge to find the rightful owners of these medals.

“There is not a national registry for Purple Heart owners that we can go through,” he said. “So this is really difficult. We’ve tracked down seven owners but we would like to return 11 more, and that is why we are asking for the public’s help.”

Among the seven already returned was one to the family of Corporal Edward Dunn of Peoria in 2017.

2 of the 11 vets being sought have Central Illinois connections.