The state is trying to reunite service awards with their rightful owners. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says the state vault below the rotunda of the state Capitol contains almost 200 military artifacts including medals, ribbons, awards, dog tags and service records. The military awards span more than a century, with one medal dating back to the Spanish American War.
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“It is my goal to reunite these very important military medals and awards with the men and women who earned them through their great sacrifice and service,” Rutherford said. The most common way the awards end up in the treasurer’s possession is through a bank. Rutherford says in that case a veteran or a family member stored military awards in safe deposit boxes, which are forgot about. After five years of inactivity the bank turns the contents of the box to the treasurer’s office. Rutherford says some medals have names and some do not. His office has tried to track down some of those named but without success. They hope their new campaign, Operation Reunite, will get the medals and awards back to their rightful owners.