Late WWII POW's stolen medals returned to daughter


The daughter of a late World War II prisoner of war is grateful for the return of her father's medals stolen from her family's home nearly a year and a half ago, KSTP-TV reports.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman returned the medals to Nikki Neis in a ceremony Wednesday. The medals -- one Bronze Star and two Oak Leaf Clusters -- were from Neis' father's time as a U.S. Army scout.

Neis' father endured the Bataan Death March across the Philippines during World War II.

The Star Tribune says Roger Neis -- a Filipino born-soldier was among the 60,000 Filipino and American POWs who were forced to march 80 miles by the Imperial Japanese Army -- died five years ago at age 87.

Authorities say the medals were taken by a burglar from Neis' mother's house in April 2012 along with electronics and other valuables. According to officials, the fingerprints on an item at the house led investigators to a man named Christopher Burgess, who eventually went on to serve a year in the Hennepin County workhouse.

The medals surfaced last month after Burgess' attorney called Freeman, saying "a birdie dropped them off at his office," attorney Joshua Larson told KSTP.

See KSTP's report below.

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