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Police in Oregon have returned the World War II medals of Lt. Colonel Frank Brad Wilson to his family after finding them at his home in Gladstone.

The medals included the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Wilson won for actions on Germany’s Siegfried Line when his artillery unit provided vital support for advancing infantry. In the battle, Wilson was wounded by shrapnel from a German hand grenade.


Lieutenant Colonel Frank Wilson’s medals (Photo: Gladstone Police Department)

Lt. Colonel Wilson had lived in the Gladstone house for over a year but went missing a month ago. Police tracked down Lt. Colonel Wilson’s daughter, Bliss Wilson and presented her the medals on Monday, June 27.

“My father, Lt. Colonel Frank Brad Wilson, was a patriotic and hardworking soldier,” wrote Bliss Wilson. “His whole life was the Army. His career ranged from WWII when he and his battle hardened boys cried when they saw the condition of the Jews in a concentration camp, to his manning the Pentagon’s famous Red Phone and later, his commanding an Honest John battalion on the Russian-Turkish border. My family moved 17 times in my first 20 years. Dad was gone so much that my little brothers actually embraced the wrong soldier’s legs at an airport because they didn’t remember his face. Sadly, not an uncommon mistake for the young children of soldiers. Our soldiers give up normal lives to serve their countries. I am so glad that we can now honor my father properly… the Gladstone Police Department should be commended for your kindness and diligence in trying to find my father’s family. It would have been so easy to simply file his belongings away. I will be eternally grateful.”

Eric Graves of the Gladstone Police Department was grateful the medals were returned to the proper place.

“We know that our work is merely a small thank you for the sacrifices he and his family made for our county,” said officer Graves.

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