Vandals steal bronze medallions American Legion provides for veteran gravestones

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Vandals steal bronze medallions American Legion provides for veteran gravestones

There really are people out there with zero shame:

LaPorte [Indiana] veterans are rallying to raise money to replace more than 300 bronze medallions taken from veterans' graves in Patton Cemetery.

''People don't have any morals anymore, apparently,'' said James Hiles, financial officer for the American Legion Post 83 in LaPorte.

The bronze medallions listing the war and branch of service a veteran served are pulled out of gravesites. The thieves are then separating the bronze medallion from a brass fitting that holds it in place, selling the brass piece and throwing away the bronze medallion, police suspect.


Hiles speculates the medallions are discarded because, despite bronze having value, a scrap dealer might alert police if someone is trying to sell such military items.

I can't even fathom how someone could do this. 

If you want to make a donation to help the post replace the markers:

Donations can be dropped off or mailed to American Legion Post 83, 228 E. Lincolnway, LaPorte, IN 46350.

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This seems to be happening everywhere my dads, WWII Vet was 'taken' from his grave site in Framingham MA. A person(s) taking these is one thing butbthe metal dealers accepting them when they know darn well what and where they came from is worse!!

Even if the brass and bronze parts are being separated, the police should enter a Scrap Theft Alert. Reputable metal recyclers don't want stolen items, especially something stolen from graves. But they might not recognize what the pieces are.
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) operates Scrap Theft Alert, and law enforcement agencies can enter stolen items into the system so recyclers who use it can get a heads-up about thefts. Recyclers can enter suspicious items when an attempted sale "just doesn't look right." STA has resulted in many recoveries, and the arrest and prosecution of thieves.
Or maybe a disgusted family member will read an article in the local newspaper, and turn in the thieves. Either way, here's hoping the jackwagons get caught and "sent up the river" for awhile.

Hi all, I have been in heated debate where my parents are buried in National City CA. My Dad died in 67 and my Mom in 2012. In 2015 I noticed my Dads Marker wasn't even anchored and was caved in from the equipment running it over. I was able to get a new one from the V.A. In the meantime, I also discovered what a bunch of crooked thieves these people are who run the cemetery. They completely cheated my mom on what she had bought from them and used cheaper items without her knowing. She bought a special vault at 945.00 and they instead used a plain cement vault without telling us, valued at about 350.00. I have not got a single ounce of legal help in 2 1/2 years. They took it upon themselves to rip out the entire memorial after the funeral bureau gave them orders not to touch the gravesite. They decided on their own to just to change it to another type from the cheap plastic one. Problem is they did this again without any authorization from me or my family. They knew at the time I had my Dads brand new marker in my possession and intentionally installed this foundation knowing that I would now have to pay them to dig it up and mount this new marker! At the moment I have the marker set up with stubs where I can just set the new marker down on top of the foundation in place, but after what I know about these fraudulent crooks, I wouldn't put it past them to go and take it right off since they have the idea they can do anything they want to without permission. So my question is this: If they actually do remove this Gov. Marker can they find themselves in hot water for doing it? Is it stealing even if it's the cemetery staff that takes it? I actually hate these people after doing this to my family, but to do this to Navy Veteran who served 22 years is as low as you can stoop. I am trying to find a way to get them in front of a judge but even small claims is confusing to me. Any advice is appreciated. Bryan.

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