Lost: Unknown Found: 2015 Returned: 05 JUN 2016 Location: Dunmore, PA
On 05 June 2016 at 10am, the long lost WWI Purple Heart was returned to the daughter of PVT Clarence Tilton Singer. The ceremony took place at their family home located in Dunmore, PA.
Clarence Tilton Singer, son of Francis W. Singer and Clara A. Slicker, was born 30 November 1897 at Pocono Lake, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, and died 17 September 1977 and is buried in Fairview Memorial Park, Moscow, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.
He enlisted in Scranton, Pennsylvania on 19 June 1917 in Co. A of the 1st Engineers of the Pennsylvania National Guard which was consolidated with the 13th Infantry Pennsylvania National Guard to form the 109th Infantry Regiment of the 28th Division (it became the 103rd Engineers after the war). He was severely wounded by gassing on 2 August 1918 at Fismes, France, but recovered and was honorably discharged on Demobilization 1 April 1919.
Coming home to Dunmore, Pennsylvania, Clarence is shown in the 1919 Scranton City Directory (Dunmore was included) as a clerk living with his parents at 205 E. Grove and in 1921, he was a laborer. From then on, the City Directories each year show him working as a fireman on the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad and, by 1960, he had become an engineer. Clarence, as it turns out, comes from a Rail Roading family with many family members working on the same railroad. His father, Francis, was also an engineer.
After the war, Clarence married Elizabeth Ettinger between 1920-1921, and had three children: Doris, Edith, and Herbert who was a POW in WWII. Doris married Jimmie Finan, and Edith married Emil J. Tomko in 1939. Clarence would later pass on 21 September 1977.
The medal was returned to the daughter of PVT Singer, Mrs. Edith Tomko.
The medal was rescued through an online purchase from a collector.
Returning the medals on behalf of Purple Hearts Reunited was their founder Zachariah Fike.