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updated: 5/26/2013 8:28 AM

Illinois trying to return 108 forgotten war medals

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Associated Press

The state of Illinois is holding more than a 100 lost or forgotten military medals in its vaults under the capitol and is trying to return them to the families of veterans.

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is asking people to take a moment over Memorial Day weekend to see if they recognize the names on a list of veterans whose military honors are held by the state.

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The 108 medals span more than a century of conflicts with one dating back to the 1898 Spanish-American War. There are Purple Hearts, Bronze Stars and a Navy Cross.

Many of the items come from safe deposit boxes that have been forgotten. Banks eventually transfer the contents to the treasurer's office.

The veterans' names can be found at www.treasurer.il.gov.

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