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Military medals returned to families of veterans

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Herbert Hackney Herbert Hackney
Thomas Edwards Thomas Edwards

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Military medals that had been unclaimed property were returned Friday to the families of the veterans who earned them.

They were part of over 350 military items being held by the state, which is trying to match those items with family members of veterans.

Kentucky Treasurer Todd Hollenbach said in a news release, "There are over 350 military items held in the Treasury vault, from discharge papers to a Bronze Star and we owe it to our military service members to go the extra mile to return them.  Their stories deserve to be told, and their memories need to be preserved." 

A Purple Heart Medal went to Dana Hackney of Cincinnati.  He's the son of PFC Herbert Hackney of Johnson County, who was wounded in Germany during World War II.

Thomas Edwards of Campbellsville received another Purple Heart, which was earned by his father, Thomas Edwards, Sr. of Green County.  He served both in World War II and in Korea, where he was wounded in 1951.

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