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Family reunited with WWII medals of father

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky family has regained possession of a batch of medals earned by their father during World War II after thinking the honors were lost to history.

State treasury officials returned the medals, pins and other lost valuables on Thursday to the family of Lt. Col. Roy H. Owsley, who served in the U.S. Marine Corp in the Pacific theater from 1943 to 1945.

The veteran's son, Bill Owsley, told The Courier-Journal he was "elated, shocked, overwhelmed and kind of amazed" to receive a call from the treasurer's office.

Owsley passed away in 1987, and the honors were kept in a safe deposit box that was lost to the family with the death of his wife, Dorothy, in 2005.

A state program called Treasure Finders tracked down the family.


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