Veteran's family gets his lost medals

Aug 07, 2019 298

BY: Matthew LeBlanc

The return Friday of World War II medals lost decades ago began in February, with a chance meeting between a retired Army infantryman and the owner of an Italian restaurant in Auburn. Robert Egli's photo hangs there in the eatery, Sandra D's Italian Garden. He's a 20-something, confident-looking man with a sideways smile who's wearing a military uniform with insignia identifying him as an Army Ranger. 

“I saw the picture on the wall – I'm Ranger-qualified – and it caught my eye,” Terrence Rausch said. Rausch, of Des Moines, Iowa, and a friend were in town to visit the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, and they stopped at the restaurant on Main Street for a meal. They had some great food, Rausch said, and met the daughter of the man in the photo, restaurateur Sandy Dillinger. 

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