Family searching for veteran's stolen war medals

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Army veteran, Charles D. Sankey Army veteran, Charles D. Sankey
Army veteran Charles D. Sankey receives his Silver Star in Vietnam Army veteran Charles D. Sankey receives his Silver Star in Vietnam
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) -

Charles Sankey's family has a lot to be proud of. Sankey accomplished more than most in his 73 years of life, including receiving a Silver Star, Purple Heart and multiple Bronze Stars for serving his country.

"The team was gone and he not only stayed to protect the medevacs, trying to get everybody out, but he wouldn't leave until all the casualties were gone and he was shot 13 times and had 15 pieces of shrapnel in him just from that event and he lived,” Sankey’s daughter, Gaylan Sankey said.

After dying Thursday of Agent Orange induced diabetes, Sankey's family went to Hutch Storage, in Hutchinson to go through his belongings.

"There are lots of family heirlooms and furniture and lamps and family pieces but then there's also his silver star that he was awarded in Vietnam,” Sankey’s wife, Elma Hunsinger said.

To their surprise, his unit was nearly bare and his honors were nowhere to be found.

"He doesn't really deserve this. I'm a little bit glad that he wasn't here to open this door because it would have crushed him,” Gaylan Sankey said.

 His family said the theft had to have happened sometime between November 2017 and late January of this year.

"It feels really like this is not a very good facility and maybe, I don't know, people need to be careful what they put in storage units, I guess. That really taught me a lesson,” Hunsinger said.

"I was already crying from him dying, you know, it was just another kick in the gut,” Gaylan Sankey said.

Now his family is just asking for Sankey's medals back.

Hutchinson Police are investigating the case and the family said they are offering a $1000 reward for information that leads to the recovery of his stolen items, especially his medals.

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A local veteran's family is in search of his many war medals and honors after thieves stole them.

Charles Sankey, 73, died last week in Wichita. His family went to retrieve his medals, including a Silver Star, Purple Heart, and four Bronze Stars from Sankey's storage unit in Hutchinson. To their surprise, thieves ransacked Sankey's storage unit and his honors were missing. Hutchinson Police is investigating the burglary. 

Family members tell us that the theft could have happened sometime between November 2017 and late January of this year.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Hutchinson Police.

Hear from Sankey's family members tonight on KAKE News at 10.

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