91-year -old man is dealing with the theft of 6 medals he earned while serving during WWII
Medals document Naval service
Last Updated: 105 days ago
AURORA, Colo. - An Aurora man is dealing with the theft of his six medals, documenting his service in the Navy during World War II. Thieves also took some cash and his bike
The stolen items include the Navy’s good conduct medal, a World War II victory medal and a presidential unit commendation ribbon.
Now at 91 years old, Wally Smilanic had many jobs during the war, often helping the sick and injured.
"They'd come to us. They come to sick bay," said Smilanic.
He also had the tough job of writing parents -- notifying them their child was killed in the line of duty.
The medals represent those duties and so much more.
“I thought, what the hell? I mean, there's so many things around here you could have taken. And why they singled it out, I'll never know," said Smilanic. "I was in the war and nobody even knew it," he said.
Wally's memories are strong, but having the medals back would make his personal catalog complete.
"Would I like them to know I'd like to have them back? Yah, I would," he said.
While the medals are still missing, the family recently got some good news. After working with the office of Congressman Mike Coffman, Smilanic will get some of his ribbons replaced in the next few weeks, however the medals are still gone.
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