Family of WWI Major Gets Lost Medals Back

6 years 6 months 1 week ago Thursday, February 09 2012 Feb 9, 2012 Thursday, February 09, 2012 9:47:00 AM CST February 09, 2012 in News
By: Associated Press

FESTUS (AP) - Nearly a century after Maj. Ernest Slusher of Missouri earned two medals for bravery during World War I, his family is getting them back.

Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel (ZWY'-ful) is scheduled to be in the St. Louis-area town of Festus Thursday to return the Distinguished Service Cross and Croix de Guerre (KRWAH'-duh-gerr) to Margaret Means, a relative of Slusher.

The medals had been turned over in a safe deposit box as unclaimed property to Zweifel's office. It wasn't clear when Slusher lost them. He died in Kansas City, Mo., in 1957.

A Missouri bill passed in 2010 allowed them to be displayed at the state Capitol in Jefferson City. Means claimed them after learning about the medals through news coverage.

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