While he wasn’t able to recover the original military keepsakes, Corona and his supervisor, also a Marine, were able to get them replaced by a company in South Carolina, the sheriff’s office said.
Friday, days before Faleskie’s 84th birthday, the detectives gave him special surprise. They presented Faleskie, who served from 1958 to 1982, with a shadowbox displaying replacements for all the military service medals, ribbons and pilot’s wings that were taken from him.
“Usually that’s what you expect from a fellow Marine, is total support and a bond of friendship,” Faleskie said.
The ceremony to present the medals took place outside the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office. Fellow Marines from a local veterans’ group attended.
Three people were arrested in connection to the burglary and pleaded guilty to burglary and grand larceny charges, the sheriff’s office said.