“Every military decoration Treasury holds reflects a sacrifice, and I want to make sure we get these medals back in the hands of the Pennsylvanians who earned them or the family members who would treasure them. That’s why I’ve established this initiative, to make sure that as many of these symbols of service as possible are reunited with veterans and their families.”
- Joe Torsella, State Treasurer
In the casing of this Army Achievement Medal, Michael McCoy Sr. etched a message to his only child: “To Michael Jr., I love you, son. Your old dad. P.S. Always Remember.” Treasurer Torsella returned the military decoration Michael McCoy Sr. earned 30 years ago.
On the anniversary of one of the most significant military operations in modern history — D-Day —Treasurer Torsella renewed the call to find the military veterans who earned service awards during World War II.
In August, Treasury returned several military medals and dozens of pieces of unclaimed property to the Zeller family. The medals were awarded to their father, who served long before his daughters were born.
Pfc. Edward Suznavick who was wounded in action in France, during the early days of the invasion, hospitalized in England, has recently been order back to the front.
The military decorations reported to Treasury are not limited to service medals. Ribbons, fabrics, lapels, and dog tags are just a few of military awards held in Treasury’s possession for the veteran who earned them or their heir in perpetuity.