|Col. Lewis Lee Millet|
“When John Geurts was going through a pile of items brought into his shop this spring, he never expected to find a piece of American history and a missing link between an Idyllwild family and their war hero father.”
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“Geurts, owner of the Chaparral Coin Shop in Murrieta (CA), opened a tackle box and found, stashed away in the corner, a Medal of Honor — the highest award that can be given for combat bravery and heroism.
“Without a doubt, I never expected a Medal of Honor to come through these doors,” Geurts said Friday.
This week, Geurts was able to return the Medal of Honor, other medals and other memorabilia to the family of Col. Lewis L. Millett, an Army veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam who was an Idyllwild resident at the time of his death in 2009.
Millett’s family had kept most of his wartime memorabilia in a Hemet storage unit for safekeeping. They still have his original Medal of Honor, but a replacement that Millett got years ago when he misplaced the first one was in storage.
The unit was burglarized in April.”
Read the rest of the article on The Press-Enterprise: MURRIETA: Pawnshop owner finds stolen war medals by Kevin Pearson, The Press-Enterprise.
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