Rip-Off Alert: Family of deceased veteran hopes for return of stolen Silver Star medal


The family of a Kansas veteran is asking the public's help to find a stolen Silver Star medal.

Charles Sankey, served more than twenty years in the U.S. Army. He fought in Vietnam - earning, among many other medals, a Silver Star for gallantry in action.

"In that incident, he was shot 13 times and has 15 or 16 pieces of shrapnel in him - and he stayed until the very end, until everyone got out and all of the casualties got out," said Gaylan Sankey, Charles’ daughter.

Last Thursday, Charles died from lingering effects of that conflict.

Saturday, his family came to this storage facility in Hutchinson where he had been keeping some of his belongings.

"We came to the storage unit, and it was locked,” said Gaylan. “We opened it with our key - and when we put the door up, everything was just...there were very few things in there."

The unit was ransacked - nearly everything of value stolen. Among the missing items - his Silver Star. A priceless reminder of his service to our country.

"His Silver Star is worth everything to the family,” said Gaylan. “And it's gone."

Elma, Chuck's wife, was overwhelmed.

"He was such a giving, helping man,” said Elma. “It would've really hurt his heart to know that someone had done that."

“He was just one of those people that would give you the shirt off his back, even if he didn't know you," said Sankey.

Now, his family hopes they can get at least some of his belongings back.

"More than anything, we would like the Silver Star back,” said Elma. “If we don't get anything else back, we would like to have that Silver Star back."

The family is offering a $1,000 reward for the return of the items. Las Vegas is miles away, but they're hoping anyone with information can help.

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