A woman accepted a Purple Heart, a Silver Star and six other war medals on Saturday on behalf of her father after the medals were found in an old apartment, news sources reported.
Hyla Merin, a Thousand Oaks resident, never met her father, who died in combat in 1945 before she was born, CBS news said. Merin said she was excited to receive the medals because they felt like a verification of all her father did.
The medals were found in a box hidden in a locker in an apartment building Merin's parents lived in during the 60s, according to ABC news. The apartment manager who found the medals turned them over to the Purple Hearts Reunited foundation, which is how they reached Merin.