60-Year Loss Made Right

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Retired Army 1st Sgt. Edward Doran was presented with 10 medals Friday to replace the ones that were stolen from him in 1945. On hand for the return were (from left) Doran’s neighbor, his son Grant Doran, Arizona National Guard Chaplain Kurt Bishop and his son Bruce Doran.

After his medals were stolen more than 60 years ago while he was in a coma, World War II veteran Edward Doran was presented with 10 replacements Friday with the help of Senator Jon Kyl’s office.

Retired Army 1st Sgt. Doran served in World War II from June 1942 to January 1945. During that time, he earned a Bronze Star, Silver Star, Army Cross of Gallantry, two Purple Hearts, a Victory medal and four Good Conduct medals.

However, Doran lost all of the medals tragically after they were stolen from him while he was in a coma, said his son, Grant Doran.

Doran fell into the coma after being struck by sharp metal from a bomb explosion. He was taken to a hospital in England where his family was told he was going to die.

But Doran survived his injuries only to awake and find all of his possessions, as well as his medals stolen.

After six decades and the death of his wife and Grant’s mother, Grant decided to get his father’s medals back and set him up with a pension he earned but never received.

Grant contacted Kyl’s office eight months ago requesting replacement medals and on Friday, Doran finally received them.

Chaplain Kurt Bishop with the Arizona National Guard presented the medals to Doran at his Payson home.

Kyl’s spokesperson, Andrew Wilder, said the senator is truly grateful for Doran’s service to the nation and he congratulates him on the replacement of the stolen medals.

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