World War I medals to be displayed in Jefferson City

Thursday, June 30, 2011 | 4:41 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Two World War I military medals found in a safe deposit box are going on display in the Missouri State Museum in the Capitol building.

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel was joined Thursday by the family of a Kansas City soldier to unveil the Distinguished Service Cross and a French Croix de Guerre.

The medals were awarded during World War I to Maj. Ernest W. Slusher, a surgeon who had also served in the Spanish American War. They're on loan to the state museum and will be displayed for the next six months.

The medals were turned over to Zweifel's office as unclaimed property. The treasurer's office said there are 86 military medals and honors among the unclaimed property.

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