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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (KCAL/CNN) - A southern California woman can finally honor the hero father she never knew.

Hyla Merin's father, Hyman Markel, died in 1945, right before she was born. His World War II medals, including a Purple Heart and silver star, had been missing for nearly 70 years.

An apartment manager found the medals in a box in West Hollywood, while going through old storage lockers, four months ago.

On Sunday, they were handed over to Merin.

She says the medals confirm for her what a great man he was.