Purple Heart Day 2018
At 11am on 07 August 2018, National Purple Heart Day, the non-profit foundation Purple Hearts Reunited will reunite eight families with their lost Purple Heart Medals. Themed as “Eight on the Seven” (a tie into 8-7-18), this day will honor families who represent our nation’s heroes from World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the War on Terror. The event will take place in the Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Senate Building, SR-325, Washington, D.C. This ceremony is open to the media.
When servicemen and women are wounded or sacrifice their life in times of War, our country awards the service member or their family with a prestigious award in the form of the Purple Heart. Certain circumstances can lead to these medals being misplaced, lost, or even stolen. Below is a short description of the eight medals being returned in August.
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Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Senate Building
SR-325, Washington, D.C
1SG Fred Mueller
1SG Fred Mueller was born 15 August 1914 in Ireton, Iowa to John Jacob and Emma Doretha Mueller. His father served during the Spanish American War with Company A, 6 Illinois Infantry. Following in his father’s footsteps, Fred enlisted on 14 December 1942 and was assigned to D Company, 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. He was killed in action on 06 June 1944 in the Wood of Limors, Varenguebec, France. He is buried in the St. Laurent Cemetery, Normandy, France, Block H, Row 27, Grave 33.
Fred’s aircraft, Chalk #54, loaded with 4 aircrewman and 18 Paratroopers, took off from station 464 in Merryfield, UK in C-47 #42-101025 to drop over DZ-D as part of Operation Albany during the Normandy invasion. Their target time was 0134. Their plane was the last of five waves to cross the Cotentin, over air defenses now on full alert. To complicate matters, there were heavy clouds at 1500 feet, gone unreported due to the strict radio silence. Some pilots decided to pull up and find their DZs with the Eureka-Rebecca system, others went low to obtain a visual of their DZs, and a rare few stayed the course through the cloud bank. While approaching their drop, the plane came under heavy flak fire. It exploded in mid-air at 0142
Purple Hearts Reunited Inc. is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to return lost or stolen military medals of valor to veterans or their families, in order to honor their sacrifice to the nation. Founded in 2012 by combat-wounded veteran and active-duty Army officer, the organization has been able to locate and return medals to over 300 military families to date. Our organization returns what is often the last tangible piece of a veteran to his or her family. This is often the solace that is needed for a military family to commemorate their loved one’s service and move on from the pain of his or her sacrifice. We believe all medals should go home to their rightful owners, or be preserved in a special place of honor.
If you have information about the location of a lost or stolen heart or need help locating one, please contact us. Also, please consider donating to support our efforts to reunite veterans and their families with their lost Purple Hearts.