State Treasurer begins campaign to return lost war medals

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Treasurer has announced a campaign to try to locate the owners of important unclaimed property, Purple Heart medals.  Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs says that eleven Purple Hearts are being held by the state.  The military honors wound up part of the Unclaimed Property program after their owners could not be found.

Frerichs hopes to get these medals in the loving care of families rather than hidden inside their vault.

The last names associated with the safe deposit box, the date in which the medal was recorded with the state treasurer’s office, and the location of the bank:

Cawthon, Received Nov. 1, 1992, Portland, Oregon

Wilson, Received Nov. 13, 1995, Chicago

Burns, Received Nov. 5, 1997, Homewood

Moore, Received Oct. 17, 2001, Peoria

Smith, Received, Nov. 18, 2002, Oak Park

Gorski, Received, Oct. 30, 2003, Darien

Tuttle, Received Oct. 25, 2018, Decatur

Alexander, Received Oct. 26, 2018, Channahon

Isbell or Shayer, Received Oct. 31, 2018, Chicago

Steward or VanHasselaere, Received, Oct. 31, 2018, Round Lake

Wiest, Received Oct. 23, 2019, O’Fallon

If you can provide insight as to the location of the individuals or relatives, you are urged to contact the Treasurer at