By: CBS 4 News
A local family received the replacement medals from their husband and father's time serving in World War II.
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos presented the military medals to the family of Eugene Diederich. He served in the army from 1943 to 1946, but lost his bags coming home along with his medals.
After he died last year the family asked the congresswoman for help to replace them. For the family it's an honor to know more about his service.
"It's great I mean I think mom will treasure them, and the rest of us will too knowing what a good dad he was, but also what a good service man dad was and he fought for the country and did the job he thought he was supposed to do," said his daughter Deborah Beauchamp.
"They know what their dad and their husband did while he served in World War II and now they have a tangible benefit in the metals to know what he accomplished," said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.
Eugene Diederich received a medal for good conduct, honorable service and a marksman badge.