Man likely to get another Purple Heart after his father's was stolen in burglary


A replacement Purple Heart medal is likely to be given to a St. Paul man, after his late father's was stolen from his nightstand by a thief.

The Pioneer Press reports that The Military Order of the Purple Heart and the office of U.S Sen. Amy Klobuchar have been in contact with Paul Reyburn to help replace the medal stolen from his house over Thanksgiving weekend.

Reyburn told the newspaper it would be great to get a new medal, but added: "Ideally, I would love to have the original."

The Minnesota department of The Military Order of the Purple Heart told Reyburn they can help him get a replacement, and just need his father's military record to begin the process.

"We're taking the initiative to do this for his son," the department told the Pioneer Press Wednesday. "It's the right thing to do."

Reyburn says the medal is one of the few mementos he has of his father Warren, who passed away in 2000.

He was stationed in the Philippines during World War II as an Alamo Scout, but the circumstances surrounding why he received the Purple Heart remain unclear, with Reyburn saying his father did not like to talk about the war.

According to the police incident report, the Reyburn family was out of town for Thanksgiving when their home in Battle Creek was burglarized.

The front door was forced open sometime between the afternoon of November 26 and Saturday night on Burns Avenue, near Hazelwood Street, the Pioneer Press notes. Jewelry belonging to Reyburn's wife was also stolen.

Anyone with information should call police on 651-266-5616.

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