Decorated Veteran’s Stolen Medals Will Be Replaced


World War II veteran Joseph T. Quattrochi Sr. said he prayed every day that he would retrieve his Purple Heart and nine other Army medals that were stolen from a personal safe more than a year ago.

Today, his wish will come true. Rep. David Dreier (R-La Verne) will present Quattrochi with replacements of the 10 medals.

“He cried when he got a notice saying he would get replacements,” said his son, Joseph Quattrochi Jr.


Quattrochi’s 69-year-old father, who is a San Dimas resident, wrote to the congressman in January, after futile attempts in 1989 to get the Army to replace the medals. “They told us that no one could find the records,” said the younger Quattrochi.

Brad Smith, a spokesman for Dreier, said that it took a staff member six months of letter-writing and phone calls to persuade Army officials to replace the medals. “It was not an easy process,” he said. “We had to confirm that (Quattrochi) did receive them. We sent more than 10 letters to a congressional liaison, who confirmed that the medals were documented.”

Quattrochi said that his father’s medals were stolen in early 1989 from their mountain home in San Bernardino County. Some of the medals include a Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and an Army of Occupation Medal.

A. A. Krueger has been appointed to the nine-member board of the Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster, which oversees the pumping of water from Alhambra to La Verne.

Krueger, manager of the California-American Water Co. in San Marino, replaces Thomas E. Shollenberger, who resigned from the watermaster board and as Alhambra’s water superintendent to work for the Cucamonga County Water District in Rancho Cucamonga.

Robert J. Santino, a Pasadena chiropractor, has been appointed an independent medical examiner by the California Department of Industrial Relations workers’ compensation division.


Joy Sedundo, an administrator with the bureau, said examiners give medical opinions on injured workers referred by the bureau. The appointment runs through November, 1991.

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