Wife finds late husband's Green Beret medals in trunk

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Molly Mosher | The Sun
Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 05:59 PM.

Santa Rosa Beach's Maureen Johnson has been trying to preserve her deceased husband's impressive military career for well over a year.

After Hurricane Ivan hit the Gulf Coast in 2004, Verlon Johnson lost all of his medals, military service pictures, and two books in which he was remembered as a war hero. Months before he was laid to rest in October 2012, the U.S. government replaced the lost medals.

In December, Johnson was a victim of burglary. While at church, her jewelry and some of her husband's recovered medals were stolen. While living in Saudi Arabia , Johnson had acquired a collection of 22-carat jewels as well as a kilo of silver, which were part of the stolen items. The Walton County Sheriff's Office is still on the case, Johnson said.

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It was a big surprise, then, when Johnson found some of her husband's history while cleaning. She was preparing to sell her Honda, and while cleaning out the vehicle she came across her husband's Special Forces Green Beret along with photographs. She doesn't know how long they had been hiding there.

The hat has not faired well in the Florida heat, but the medals pinned to the hat are intact.

"It's a little bit of solace," Johnson said. "I'm thankful I found some of his medals."

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