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Medals that disappeared 50 years ago reissued to veteran

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U.S. Army retired Master Sergeant Harlen "Hank" Sheeks has been honored with over a dozen medals for his service in WWII and the Korean War. 

However, over 50 years ago, his awards and decorations disappeared. 

On Wednesday, though, all of the medals were reissued to the 92-year-old. 

A ceremony was held at Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center to honor Sheeks. 

During his time in the service he destroyed military equipment, built bridges, and led basic training for new recruits. His decorations, just to name a few, include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Combination Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and United Nations Service Medal. 

Sheeks said, "I didn't know I had them really and it was just kind of a shock to me because this daughter-in-law...worked real hard to get them."

News 5 learned that Sheeks' daughter-in-law told the El Paso County Veterans Service Office about the lost medals. Within a few months it was able to replace them.

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