Stolen Medal Found, Returned To World War II Vet


A happy ending for a World War II veteran Friday morning.

Three months after his Congressional medal was stolen in a home burglary, Tuskegee airman Frank Macon received shocking news overnight.

The medal, which Macon and the other 300 surviving Tuskegee airmen received four years ago, was given up for lost after it was stolen in May. Macon received a replacement in a special ceremony at the Air Force Academy last month.

At the time, Macon told 11 News, "I'm very happy my Air Force brothers are looking out after me. It'll not be the original, but the one they got for me." He thought the story ended there.

But just after midnight Friday, an observant employee at the Crosslands Economy Studios Hotel near Fountain and Chelton noticed something unusual in the lost and found.

The employee called police, who realized it was the stolen medal. Officers wasted no time returning the medal to its overjoyed owner, taking it to him in the middle of the night. Macon was so stunned--and the hour so early--that he tells 11 News he thought he was dreaming when it was handed to him.

"He came in and reached into his pocket and took out the medal. I thought I was dreaming," Macon said.

It was an unforgettable moment for Officer Ron Carter with Colorado Springs police, who got the opportunity to present the medal to its rightful owner.

"It was a very unique experience...something I'll never forget for the rest of my career," Carter said.

Police now plan to launch a full-scale investigation at the hotel.

"Ultimately, we want to find out who is responsible for this," Carter said. Both Carter and Macon agree there won't be closure to this story until the people who stole the medal are brought to justice.

The original Congressional Gold Medal was presented to the famed World War II African American pilots as a group, and is now on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The surviving members received a replica in a special ceremony in 2007. This is the highest honor Congress can give.

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  • by Robby Location: Blackmore on Jan 17, 2012 at 07:04 PM
    Frank Macon is a true American Hero. He is one of the smartest man I've ever worked with. Man can he tell you a story. Detail by detail. God is good ! Nice things happen to good people. God bless you Frank
  • by K.D. Location: COLORADO SPRINGS on Aug 19, 2011 at 05:37 PM
    amazed at the ending to this story i cried when i heard it was stolen and i cried again to know in this soldiers hard work was yet returned to honor him again <3 thank you for your service =0)
  • by Retired Military Location: Colorado Springs on Aug 19, 2011 at 02:02 PM
    Sir - I am glad that the original medal was found. It is appalling that anyone would have stolen the medal in the first place. I hope the catch the SOB and prosecute. Thank you for your service, and God Bless.
  • by james Location: pikes peak on Aug 19, 2011 at 10:54 AM
    glad he got his original medal back. it sucked that it was stolen in the first place. thank you mr. macon for your service to your country.
  • by MO Location: CO SPGS on Aug 19, 2011 at 08:04 AM
    Great news !!! I am a 46 yr old man and this story brought a tear to my eye
  • by Mike Location: US Air Force Academy on Aug 19, 2011 at 06:38 AM
    always GREAT to see you visit the USAFA Sir, and I speak for many--so glad to see the return of your original medal! Come back and see us, you hear?! :>)
  • by Woot Location: COS on Aug 19, 2011 at 06:26 AM
    So glad to hear something positive in the news. Thank you KKTV for continuously keeping us updated on this story.
  • by Citizen K on Aug 19, 2011 at 05:56 AM
    AWESOME! I am starting my Friday in a GREAT mood because of this. So happy the thief turned it in to lost and found (or LOST it), so happy the employee did the right thing by calling the police, and SO happy that one of America's War Heros had a serious wrong righted again.
  • by Be Safe Location: COS on Aug 19, 2011 at 05:09 AM
    Wonderful! Thank you for your service and dedication, Mr. Macon. Great job, sharp-eyed employee and CSPD! Nice to have good news.
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