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Military medals missing from veteran

COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho - You might say it was the best of times and the worst of times, all rolled into one.  After waiting 60 years for special medals honoring his military service, Bob Hough lost them prompting a region wide search for his memorabilia. 

"It's just part of your life, what you were, what you did," Hough said of the medals. 

Hough received the medals in the mail earlier this month.  He believes one of his sons contacted the military asking if he was eligible after serving near the end of World War II. 

Hough was responsible for locating the remains of pilots killed or missing in action in the South Pacific. 

Shortly after opening the package in his Coeur d'Alene home, he took them to a nearby park to show his son.  After taking a few pictures, the family moved on to other topics and forgot about the white envelope containing the special awards. 

"I figured somebody might have found them," Hough said.


Now the medals are missing.  Hough contacted the parks department and returned to the scene the next day but has not been able to locate the awards. 

His family has placed a classified advertisement in the Coeur d'Alene Press, but no one has responded. 

Hough contacted a representative from Veterans Affairs who told him the medals can be replaced, but the originals are still out there somewhere. 

The medals are one of the few pieces of memorabilia he has from his service.

Anyone who finds them can contact the Coeur d'Alene Parks Department.

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