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.

 

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The individuals listed have a connection to the military medals, awards and artifacts being held for safekeeping by the treasurer’s office.

 

 

AMIDEI, EDWIN D JR
Aurora, IL

FLORES, BILL J
Chicago, IL

PAZERSK, ALEX
Chicago, IL

ARMOUR, CARL V
Chicago, IL

GORSKI, DAVID
Darien, IL

POMPEO, ANTHONY J
Round Lake, IL

BARNES, KEVIN
Aurora, IL

GRAHAM, JODI
Chicago, IL

PRINCE, ROBERT
Chicago, IL

BARRY, JAMES R
Naperville, IL

GUILLORY, CHARLES
City unknown

RABUS, GEORGE
Collinsville, IL

BATES, ALLIE
Harvey, IL

HAMMONDS, KAREN
Danville, IL

RICHARDS, MARK S
Bethalto, IL

BECKER, WILLIAM
Chicago, IL

HART, BEATRICE
Chicago, IL

SCHOVWE, DIOGENE
Chicago, IL

BEKERIS, ZIGRI
Huntley, IL

HAYNES, BISHOP
Mattoon, IL

SCHULTZ, DAVID M JR
Bourbonnais, IL

BERREY, DONNA
Batchtown, IL

HERNANDEZ, RAU
Berwyn, IL

SIEGLER, JEFFREY L
Hazel Crest, IL

BROWN, KIMBERLY
Washington Park, IL

HILL, ELIZABETH
Rockford, IL

SMITH, BERNICE
Oak Park, IL

BURNS, LAWRENCE M
Homewood, IL

HOSKINS, HARRIET H
Chicago, IL

SMITH, JASON R
Chicago, IL

BURRUS, DAVID
Wood River, IL

HUSSEY, PETER
 City unknown

SOZANSKY, MICHAEL
Chicago, IL

CARLSEN, BRUCE G
Evanston, IL

JACKSON, HAZEL R
Chicago, IL

SPANGLER, LUELLA
Chicago, IL

CARTER, GERALD
City unknown

JAMES, ALICE
Belleville, IL

STANFORD, JAY T
Mt Vernon, IL

CAWTHON, ROBERT
Portland, OR

JOHNSON, ANDRAE
East St. Louis, IL

SUBER, VALERIE
Chicago, IL

CIEIELSKI, PAULINE
Chicago, IL

KELLY, LAVERNE V
Chicago, IL

SWARTZ, JAMES
Rockford, IL

CLANIN, CRAIG
Astoria, IL

KING, O R
Chicago, IL

SZIGETI, KATHERINE
Chicago, IL

CLIFFE, GERALD M
City unknown

KINSMAN, SUSAN
City unknown

THOMAS, LEROY
Chicago, IL

COLSTON, TILMAN
Chicago, IL

KOESTERER, BETTY J
Freeburg, IL

THOMPSON, DENISE
Evanston, IL

COOPER, CONSTANCE J
Farmington, IL

LORENZ, LEONARD M
Chicago, IL

USTASEWSKI, JOHN A
Chicago, IL

COURTNEY, PHILLIP
Ottawa, IL

MILLER, CAROL M
Elmwood Park, IL

VANHIEL, HENRY EST
Calumet City, IL

DECET, CESARINA
City unknown

MITCHELL, PAUL
Chicago, IL

WHITE, WILLIAM
Joliet, IL

ENGLISH, KINSEY
Chicago, IL

MONTGOMERY, LYDIA
Chicago, IL

WHITEHEAD, MICHAEL S
Chicago, IL

FENTON, PATRICIA
Opdyke, IL

MOORE, LINDA K
Peoria, IL

WILLER, JEFFREY
Lafayette, IN

FLINN, SHARON
City unknown

PANCOAST, W R
Evanston, IL

WILSON, RAYMOND
Chicago, IL