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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 14, April 2, 2006, Article 22

PURPLE HEART, OTHER WWII MEDALS SAVED FROM TRASH AT SERVICE STATION

The following item is from the Eagle Tribune of Andover, MA:
"An unusual find while cleaning out the basement of a gas
station prompted a call to the city's Veterans Affairs office.

Bill McDaniel and Emile Levasseur, owners of Larry's Service
at 665 Haverhill St., came across three war medals ? a Purple
Heart, a Bronze Star Medal and a Good Conduct Medal from World
War II ? hidden in a 5-gallon bucket and sealed in a plastic
bag. The only clue they had to the owner was the name embossed
on the medals ? Walter F. Lanen."

"Neither McDaniel nor Levasseur know how the medals got there
or how long they had been in the cellar. McDaniel said the
building is about 80 years old, and they have owned the service
station since 1971."

"McDaniel is just as anxious to return the medals to the
rightful owner.

"Obviously he worked for it," McDaniel said. "I'd rather see
it go to someone in the family than on eBay."

If you have any information regarding Walter F. Lanen, contact
Dan Lannan, director of the Lawrence Veterans Affairs office
at (978) 794-5846."

To read the complete story, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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