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No news in case of stolen Purple Heart plaque

I am interested in whether there have been any developments in the theft of the Purple Heart medal from the Central Point veterans memorial.

— Via email

There isn’t a lot to report, unfortunately.

The medallion, pilfered earlier this month from the Oregon Fallen War Heroes Memorial at Central Point’s Don Jones Memorial Park, is still missing, according to Central Point police Capt. David Croft.

“We had anonymous, basically, information that it may be in the area of the Central Point Cemetery, which is right next to the memorial,” Croft said. “But we haven’t located anything or received any more information than that. We’re still hoping for information to come in or somebody to see something.”

The medallion, affixed to the memorial with epoxy, was likely pried off. Police learned of the theft Aug. 3, when a city public works employee noticed the piece was missing.

The Oregon Fallen War Heroes Memorial was dedicated in 2008, a project former Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, who died last year following a cancer battle, was heavily involved in. The Central Point Parks & Recreation website says the memorial is a “comprehensive remembrance (from 1859) of the citizens of Oregon lost to the Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I & II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm and the Iraq War.”

Soldiers who receive a Purple Heart “are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy. They can also be honored posthumously, the medal given “to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action,” according to the Military Order of the Purple Heart website.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Central Point police at 541-664-5578.

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