Family gets big clue in search for WWII veteran’s stolen medals

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 2, 2015)-- A central Indiana woman just got a big clue in her search for her grandfather's stolen war medals and now she's asking everyone to help her find them. Stephanie Gessner remembers her grandfather Norbert Toschlog as a hardworking and loving man who lived an honorable life. What she didn't now much about was his time serving in WWII for the U.S. Army.

"He never during his life spoke about his service. He was a very humble man," she said. "(He) didn't believe he did anything heroic, but we know from the medals he has."

Toschlog received four priceless medals, which were stolen from his home a few years ago before he passed away in 2013. The medals seemed lost forever until this week. A family friend came across an eBay posting for a WWII U.S. Good Conduct Medal with Toschlog's name on it.

"I was just shocked! How could this be?" exclaimed Gessner.  "I just couldn't believe it. My heart dropped."

The seller gladly agreed to send the medal back to Gessner. He also gave her some valuable information. He said he found the medal at the Goodwill Outlet store on Shadeland Ave along with a few others. Someone else, however, snatched the others up before he could.

"So we know that there are others out here nearby somewhere," said Gessner smiling. "I'm excited that they're close, but just anxious that we're close, but don't have them."

The three missing medals are an American Theater Ribbon, an Asiatic Pacific Ribbon, and one from the Philippine Government, which is irreplaceable.

"It's something he was so humble about," said Gessner who hopes to one day have them back where they belong. "It would just mean so much to us to be able to have those back in our possession."

The three missing awards will not have Toschlog's name on them, but Gessner hopes if they are found together they will be easier to recognize. If you have any information on where these medals might be, contact the FOX59 newsroom at 317-687-6541.