US researcher reuniting families with their relatives medals

Discussion in 'US Units' started by tedfromscrubs, Dec 21, 2016.

  1. tedfromscrubs

    tedfromscrubs Junior Member

    I'm not sure where to put this so here it is - it combines so many elements of this site - research; compassion; unstinting help. So I couldn't resist it.
    The medal detective
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  2. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    What a great story. I have no idea where medals won by my great grandfather's (they were in both WW1 & WW2) ended up. I recently purchased a few from eBay sellers as replacements so I could have them framed as a way of preserving the memory of their service but there is part of me that thinks I am complicit in depriving someone else like me of their family's heritage.
  3. canuck

    canuck Closed Account


    Thanks for posting this. What a great story. Most of us will never undertake a project that offers that type of satisfaction. Many countries should look at similar legislation around the trading of military decorations.
  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    When Zachariah Fike returned from Iraq in 2006, he needed a hobby to stop his mind wandering back to the scenes he had left behind. He had come back a different person - he'd seen good things and bad things, and needed a way of dealing with the stress.

    For him, the solution was to collect antiques - he enjoyed the thrill of searching for lost treasure. Sometimes he came across military items - helmets, uniforms, medals. It bothered him to see them lying around, so he started buying them up.

    Fike, aged 35, comes from a long line of soldiers. His parents met in the army. His grandfather was a World War Two veteran who would drive hitchhiking soldiers all the way home, even if it meant going 100 miles out of his way.

    The medal detective

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