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A Marine veteran’s military medals were stolen from his home. Detectives on the case replaced them



a man holding a blue umbrella: Retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Thomas Faleskie holds a box containing the medals next to Det. Frank Corona, who helped organize the plan to replace them.


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Retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Thomas Faleskie holds a box containing the medals next to Det. Frank Corona, who helped organize the plan to replace them.

For nearly 25 years, Thomas Faleskie served in the United States Marine Corps before retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel. During that time he served in Vietnam and was awarded with several medals, including the National Defense Service Medal and Vietnam Service Medal.

But a burglary at the veteran’s home last year resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of items — including his military medals, ribbons and pilot’s wings, according to the sheriff’s office in Spotsylvania, Virginia.

The loss hit home with Det. Frank Corona, who worked on the case, because he also served in the Marines. Corona quickly identified suspects in the burglary cases and recovered several of the stolen items at

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