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Klobuchar presents Bronze Star to family of WWII veteran

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The family of a Minnesota World War II veteran whose military medals were stolen several months ago has received new ones from U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Klobuchar visited St. Paul Sunday to present a Bronze Star and several other medals to the family of Warren Reyburn, who earned a Purple Heart and other commendations while he was stationed in the Pacific with the 25th Infantry Division during World War II.

Over Thanksgiving weekend last year, Reyburn's Purple Heart and other family mementos were stolen from the St. Paul home of his son Paul Reyburn.

After the burglary, the younger Reyburn pleaded for the medal's return, saying it was one of the only mementos he had of his father, who died in 2000.

Klobuchar's office said as it worked with Reyburn's family to get a replacement, it learned that Reyburn should have received seven additional war medals, including the Bronze Star.

Klobuchar presented the Bronze Star and the other medals to Paul Reyburn Sunday. KSTP notes that she is still working to get a replacement for the missing Purple Heart.

“I was privileged to present these war medals and recognize Warren Reyburn for his extraordinary service to our country,” Klobuchar said in a statement.

Warren Reyburn's division earned recognition for fighting 165 days without rest during the liberation of the Philippine Islands, according to Klobuchar's office.

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