Family of World War I major from Missouri gets lost medals back

Thursday, February 9, 2012 | 11:27 a.m. CST

FESTUS — Nearly a century after Maj. Ernest Slusher of Missouri earned two medals for bravery during World War I, his family is getting them back.

Missouri state Treasurer Clint Zweifel is scheduled to be in the St. Louis-area town of Festus on Thursday to return the Distinguished Service Cross and Croix de Guerre to Margaret Means, a relative of Slusher.

The medals had been turned over in a safe deposit box as unclaimed property to Zweifel's office. It wasn't clear when Slusher lost them. He died in Kansas City in 1957.

A Missouri bill passed in 2010 allowed them to be displayed at the state Capitol in Jefferson City. Means claimed them after learning about the medals through news coverage.


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