We give bureaucracies – state and local – a hard time for being impersonal and inefficient. Most of the time, that’s well deserved.
But on occasion, they really do deserve a commendation. This is one of those occasions.
Recently, the Kentucky State Treasury reunited a veteran’s family with his decorations from World War II.
The man served in the Pacific during World War II, in the USMC. He passed away in 1987.
The decorations and some other items had been placed in a safety deposit box by his wife when he died 26 years ago. When she passed away approaching 20 years later, the items went unclaimed – and were turned over to the State Treasury.
The State Treasury located his next of kin, which turned out to be his son. They returned his father’s medals and other personal items from the safety deposit box to him last week. One of those “other personal items” was the card authorizing his father to attend the Japanese surrender ceremony in Tokyo Bay on 2 September 1945 and witness same.
The full article is here. Go read it for the details.
Thank, Kentucky. Well done indeed.