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CFO Jimmy Patronis: 75 Years Since D-Day, Help us Return Unclaimed Military Medals


For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Contact: Katie Strickland, 850.413.2842,
Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842,

CFO Jimmy Patronis: 75 Years Since D-Day, Help us Return Unclaimed Military Medals

– In recognition of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis honors the sacrifice of servicemembers who fought during World War II.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, "On D-Day some of our bravest stormed the beaches of Normandy to defeat evil, and we must never forget their selfless service. Florida alone is home to approximately 61,600 World War II veterans, and their bravery must never be forgotten."
CFO Patronis' 'Operation Return the Valor' aims to reunite veterans or their heirs with any medals that may have been lost or forgotten in Florida safety deposit boxes. On the 75th anniversary of D-Day, he urges Floridians to help him find the rightful owners of these medals.
CFO Patronis further stated, “We can honor these brave military servicemembers by returning these medals which represent incredible sacrifice. This is the least we can do to honor their courage and bravery. We must keep Florida one of the most veteran-friendly states in the nation—the 1.5 million veterans residing here deserve that.”
‘Operation Return the Valor’ – There are nearly 40 unclaimed medals currently in the Unclaimed Property program. CFO Patronis urges anyone with knowledge of family or friends of veterans who are missing medals from their service to contact the Department of Financial Services or go to

Names of Medal Owners Identified in ‘Operation Return the Valor’:
• Earl R. Johnson
• Dina R. Howard
• John Woska
• Richard Anderson
• Charles Conklin
• Jean Glaser
• John J. Koss
• Leah Eddington
• Martha G. Perfetti
• Richard Stephens
• Virgil Rice

About CFO Jimmy Patronis 
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).