WWII hero's medals found inside Mo. Goodwill store

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Officials with Goodwill are searching for relatives of a World War II veteran whose medals -- including the Silver Star and Purple Heart -- somehow wound up inside a suburban St. Louis Goodwill store.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Goodwill's director of loss prevention, Ron Scanlon, saw a shadow box on a bin Wednesday at the Chesterfield store and took a closer look. Inside, he found a picture of a smiling Marine surrounded by medals taped to a red velvet liner.

A scrap of paper told the story of Marine Sgt. James Joseph McKenzie, a former prisoner of war who performed heroism during a heavy artillery barrage from the Japanese in the Philippines.

It isn't clear how the box of medals ended up at Goodwill.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, www.stltoday.com

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