Returned Hearts

Once Purple Hearts Reunited locates a veteran or their family, plans are made to either send back the medal directly or to establish a date and time to conduct a “Return Ceremony.” Purple Hearts Reunited will travel to the veteran’s hometown or the home of their family to conduct these events. Events can be either open to the public or a private family gathering and media attendance is optional. Ceremonies generally last no more than an hour. Members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart are usually in attendance to talk about the history of the Purple Heart. Federal and State representatives can be invited to attend and speak in honor of the veteran. Families generally speak about their loved one and share their fondest memories.

Purple Hearts Reunited will then conclude the ceremony by attempting to honor the veteran’s sacrifice to our nation with a short memorial and presenting the medals back to the family. These ceremonies are at no cost to the veteran or the family.

If for some reason a veteran or family cannot be found, Purple Hearts Reunited will find the medal a home of honor, such as a museum. Donations to museums are generally public events and we encourage the local community to attend.

Hearts We’ve Found Homes For:

Check back frequently for updates and stories about newly-returned hearts and medals.

1st Lieutenant Brian W. Flavelle

U.S. Air Corps WWII

1LT Brian W. Flavelle  was born in 1914 in Essex County, New Jersey to William L. and Edna P. Woolley Flavelle. He has several siblings, brothers Alan Page and Robert Watson, and sister Doris Pennington. After graduating from Caldwell High in New Jersey, he got a degree from the University…

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PFC John V. Munson

U.S. Army 28 APR 1945 WWII
Lost: Unknown Found: 2016 Returned: 23 SEP 2016 Location: Puyallup, Washington

On 23 September 2016 at noon, a long lost WWII Purple Heart was returned to the niece of PFC John V. Munson.  The ceremony took place at their family home in Puyallup, Washington. Private First Class John V. Munson, (Service Number: 39622092), was born on 25 May 1926 in Bemidji,…

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PFC Franklin E. Simpson

U.S. Army 27 FEB 1945 WWII
Lost: Unknown Found: 06 OCT 2016 Returned: 11 NOV 2016 Location: Washington, D.C.

Private First Class Franklin E. Simpson served with Troop C, 8th Engineer Squadron, 1st Cavalry Division.  He was killed in action on 27 February 1945 at Taytay, Luzon Island, in the Philippines. Pulled from Findagrave: Another dreaded War Department telegram arrived in Huntingdon yesterday afternoon, bearing the most tragic word…

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LCDR Wallace Graham Murphy

Navy UNK WWII/Korea/Vietnam
Lost: Unknown Found: FEB 2016 Returned: 11 NOV 2016 Location: Vietnam Wall, D.C.

Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Wallace Graham (W.G.) Murphy (Service Number 2018400) was born 07 December 1922 in Winchester, Middlesex, Massachusetts to Wallace Louden and Carrie Florence Butler Murphy. LCDR Murphy entered the U.S. Navy on 09 December 1940 in Boston and was assigned to the U.S.S Louisville (CA-28) Heavy Cruiser on 06…

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#18 PFC Alfred James Lensen

U.S. Army 1918 WWI
Lost: Unknown Found: 2015 Returned: 10 NOV 2016 Location: Washington, D.C.

Private First Class Alfred James Lensen served with Company D, 103rd Engineers, 28th Infantry Division during the Great War.  He was “wounded severely” on the French front by receiving a shrapnel wound on his left side under his left shoulder blade. His Wound Certificate and medal were rescued from eBay…

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#17 1LT John Frederick Voge

U.S. Army 06 JUN 1919 WWI
Lost: Unknown Found: 2015 Returned: 06 NOV 2016 Location: minneapolis, MN

1st Lieutenant John Frederick Voge, son of recent Austrian immigrants Johann and Marie (Dauck) Voge, was born 11 April 1879 in Black Creek, Outagamie County, Wisconsin, and lived his entire life in the neighboring town of Appleton, Wisconsin. Before enlisting in the war effort, John worked as a clerk, cashier…

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#16 PFC Selvin Lars Nygaard

U.S. Army 12 SEP 1918 WWI
Lost: Unknown Found: 2015 Returned: 06 NOV 2016 Location: minneapolis, MN

Private First Class Selvin Lars Nygaard (SN: 2855908), son of Lars O. and Ingeborg (Thorsdatter) Nygaard, was born 27 April 1892 in Sverdrup, Otter Tail County, Minnesota, and after the war lived the rest of his life in North Dakota. He is buried at the McVille Cemetery in McVille, Nelson…

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#15 CPL William Frederick Zartman

U.S. Army 22 JUL 1918 WWI
Lost: Unknown Found: 2015 Returned: 28 MAY 2016 Location: Hanover, PA

On 28 May 2016 at 1pm, a long lost WWI Purple Heart was returned to the grandnephew of CPL William Frederick Zartman.  The ceremony took place at VFW Post 2506 in Hanover, PA. Corporal William Frederick Zartman (a.k.a. “Fred” and “Frederick”) was born 20 April 1901, in New Vienna, Clinton…

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#14 PVT Nicholas Hoekstra

U.S. Army DEC 1918 WWI
Lost: Unknown Found: 2015 Returned: 06 NOV 2016 Location: Saint Paul, MN

A farmer in Iowa, Private Nicholas Hoekstra enlisted on 14 February 1918 and was assigned to Company H, 118th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division. During combat operations in France, he was wounded in December of 1918. His Wound Certificate and a Replacement Medal were returned to his Daughter Catherine, still…

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#13 PVT Louis Vandevelde

U.S. Army 16 OCT 1918 WWI
Lost: Unknown Found: 2015 Returned: 16 JUL 2016 Location: Longwood, FL

Private Louis Vandevelde, son of Fredericus “Fred” and Philippina (Thielman) Vandevelde, was born 01 May 1894 in Norway, Dickinson County, Michigan.  His family recently immigrated to the U.S. from Belgium and moved frequently when Louis was young – to Michigan in 1894, to Illinois in 1896, back to Antwerp, Belgium…

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#12 PFC Jacob Samuel Nailor Jr.

U.S. Army 08 October 1918 WWI
Lost: Unknown Found: 2015 Returned: 04 NOV 2016 Location: Naples, FL

On 04 November 2016 at 7pm, a long lost WWI Purple Heart was returned to the grandson of PFC Jacob Samuel Nailor Jr.  The ceremony took place at their family home in Naples, Florida. Jacob Samuel Nailor, Jr., son of Jacob Samuel and Clare (Crist) Nailor, was born into a…

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SSG John P. Wronski

U.S. Army Air Corps 1944 WWII
Lost: Never Awarded Found: N/A Returned: 19 OCT 2016 Location: Buffalo, NY

It was a honor to present SSG John P. Wronski’s replacement World War II medals to his son. SSG Wronski served with the 312TH Fighter Control Squadron, 19th Air Support Command as a Turret Gunner. He saw action in the Ardennes, Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France, and Rhineland. Thank You…

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#11 PVT Hyman Boress

U.S. Army 05 NOV 1918 WWI
Lost: Unknown Found: 17 MAR 2016 Returned: 11 SEP 2016 Location: San Pablo, CA

Private Hyman Boress served with Company A, 316th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division during WWI. He was Wounded in Action on 05 November 1918 in Verdun, France. His medal was rescued by our Valor Rescue team and was Purple Heart Medal #24265, which is a very early issue. A special…

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#10 PVT Frank Lyman Dunnell Jr.

U.S. Army 02 OCT 1918 WWI
Lost: Unknown Found: UNK Returned: 13 SEP 2016 Location: Shelburne, VT

PVT Frank Lyman Dunnell Jr. was born 21 December 1892 in Buffalo, New York to Frank Sr. and Susette B. Barnes Dunnell. He would go onto enlist on 27 July 1917 and was assigned to the 107th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division.  During combat operations at Mt. Kemmel on the…

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PFC Edward Joseph Gengler

Marine Corps 02 MAR 1945 WWII
Lost: Unknown Found: 2016 Returned: 27 AUG 2017 Location: Mequon, WI

Private First Class Edward Joseph Gengler (Serial Number: 810191), was born 15 April 1922 in Cook County, Chicago, Illinois to Frank Joseph and Tillie Nichols Gengler.  He had two brothers, Karl Frank and Frank Joseph Jr.  He also had a sister, Violet. He would later enlist into the United States…

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#9 CPL Frank Baszynski

U.S. Army 1918 WWI
Lost: Unknown Found: 2015 Returned: 26 AUG 2016 Location: milwaukee, wi

Corporal Frank Baszynski, son of Frank and Mary (Galinski) Baszynski, was born 08 October 1898 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and lived his entire life in Beaver Dam, Dodge County, Wisconsin until his death on 22 January 1972 at the age of 73. He is buried at Saint Patrick’s Cemetery…

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#8 PVT Boleslaw William Adamski

U.S. Army 1918 WWI
Lost: Unknown Found: 2015 Returned: 26 AUG 2016 Location: Greenwood, WI

Private Boleslaw (aka William) Adamski was born 25 September 1891 in Biatzstok, Poland to Stanislau Adamski and Mary Kaminski.  He immigrated to the U.S. on 09 July 193 at the age of 22 and entered the service in Milwaukee on 25 July 1917. He would branch into the Engineers and…

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CW4 Paul Lesley Hasting

U.S. Army 21 SEP 1952 Korea
Lost: Unknown Found: 2016 Returned: 26 AUG 2016 Location: Salem, Wisconsin

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Paul Lesley Hasting had a long career in the Army.  In Korea, he served with the 2nd Infantry Division and was wounded on 21 September 1952 in the North Sector of Korea. His medals were found in a thrift store in Michigan and were returned to…

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PFC Harold P. Rolfe

U.S. Army 25 JUL 1944 WWII
Lost: Unknown Found: 2016 Returned: 25 JUL 2016 Location: Canton, MA

On 25 July 2016 at 3pm, a long lost WWII Purple Heart was returned to the family of a WWII hero PFC Harold P. Rolfe.  The ceremony took place at grave side at the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Canton, MA. Private First Class Harold Patrick Rolfe (SN: 11089853) was born…

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#7 LCPL Elmer Graham McCracken

U.S. Army 31 OCT 1918 WWI
Lost: Unknown Found: 2015 Returned: 27 JUN 2016 Location: St. Louis, MO

Lance Corporal Elmer Graham McCracken, son of Thomas H. McCracken and Maude S. Graham, was born 20 March 1889 in St. Louis, Missouri, and lived in the St. Louis area his entire life until his death Sept 20, 1983 while living in Shrewsbury, Missouri. He is buried in the cemetery…

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#6 PVT Harold Francis Suprenand

U.S. Army 1918 WWI
Lost: Unknown Found: July 2015 Returned: 04 July 2016 Location: Corona, CA

Private Harold Francis Suprenand was born 14 September 1897 in Wisconsin to David and Emma Suprenand. He enlisted into the U.S. Army on 05 August 1917 and was wounded during Combat Operations in France in WWI.  He was released from the service on 13 March 1919. After recovering from his…

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#5 PVT Harrison B. Virtue

U.S. Army 1918 WWI
Lost: Unknown Found: 2016 Returned: 01 JUL 2016 Location: Galena, IL

On 01 July 2016 at 11am, a long lost WWI Purple Heart was returned to the family of WWI hero PVT Harrison B. Virtue.  The ceremony took place at the Grant Park Pavilion in Galena, Illinois. Private Harrison Boyd Virtue (SN: 2087247) was born on 07 September 1888 in Galena,…

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#4 CPL Ernest Homer Wright

U.S. Army 01 NOV 1918 WWI
Lost: UNK Found: 2013 Returned: 01 JUL 2016 Location: Watertown, NY

Corporal Ernest Homer Wright (SN: 2940119) was born 18 October 1892 to Charles E. and Minta E. Benjamin Wright in Watertown, NY.  His father was a painter by trade and once a member of the Watertown Police Department.  He and his family lived at 234 High Street. He would later…

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#3 PVT William W. Withington

U.S. Army 29 SEP 1918 WWI
Lost: UNK Found: 2015 Returned: 01 JUL 2016 Location: Watertown, NY

Private William W. Withington (SN: 1679134) was born 26 October 1894 to Frederick Albert and Emma Fannie Hubbard Withington in Watertown, NY.  He had two brothers, Dewitt William and William Ward, and one Sister, Betty May. He would later enlist in the U.S. Army on 22 February 1918 in Adams,…

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SPC Charles Wayne O’Brien

U.S. Army 05 April 2007 Iraq
Lost: 2012 Found: 2012 Returned: 24 JUN 2016 Location: New York, NY

On 24 June 2016 at 3pm, a special ceremony occurred at FDNY Engine 54/Ladder 4/Battalion 9 located at 48th Street and 8th Street, New York, NY 10036. On 05 April 2007, Charles Wayne “C.W.” O’Brien was wounded in combat when his vehicle was hit by an IED in Ninevah Province,…

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1LT James Merle Yates

U.S. Army Air Corps UNK WWII
Lost: UNK Found: JUN 2016 Returned: 14 JUN 2016

1LT James Merle Yates was born 12 February 1921.  He later commissioned into the U.S. Army Air Corps and became a pilot. He was shot down during his service and received the Purple Heart.  He unfortunately passed in March of 1983. His Purple Heart recently turned up in a Pawn…

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#2 PFC Joseph Conrad Gilbers

U.S. Army 1918 WWI
Lost: Unknown Found: 2015 Returned: 10 JUN 2016 Location: St. Louis, MO

The long lost WWI Purple Heart for PFC Joseph Conrad Gilbers was donated to the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum located at 1315 Chestnut, St. Louis, MO 63103. Private First Class (PFC) Joseph Conrad Gilbers was born 26 October 1892 in St. Louis, Missouri to Bernard C. Gilbers and Gertrude Knester…

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#1 PVT Clarence Tilton Singer

U.S. Army 02 AUG 1918 WWI
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…

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PFC Charles E. Sutton

U.S. Army 27 November 1944 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: 2016 Returned: 07 June 2016 Location: Eastlake, Ohio

PFC Charles E. “Buddy” Sutton was born 04 July 1921 in Cuyahoga County, Ohio to James Thomas and Elsie Vroman Sutton.  He would later enlist into the U.S. Army on 16 January 1943.  Assigned to Charlie Company, 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division, PFC Sutton was Killed in Action…

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SP4 Michael Dewayne Hampton

U.S. Army 24 June 1969 Vietnam
Lost: UNK Found: 2015 Returned: 12 June 2016 Location: North Little Rock, AR

On 12 June 2016 at 1pm, a long lost Vietnam Purple Heart was returned to the family of SP4 Michael D. Hampton.  The ceremony took place at A Company 1-114th AVN S&S, located in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Specialist 4 Michael Dewayne Hampton was born on 08 February 1950 in North…

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Eric Mackintosh Coin

Army 1965 Vietnam
Lost: 2011 Found: June 2016 Returned: June 2016 Location: Angel Camp, CA

On 03 June 2016, Purple Hearts Reunited was contacted by a Mr. Paulo Silva, who found a Purple Heart Coin on the beaches of Portugal and wanted to return it to it’s owner. Engraved on the coin was the name, Eric Mackintosh, and words, Vietnam, 1965 & 1970. With a…

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SSG Carlton Cleo Henley

U.S. Army Air Corps 17 March 1945 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: 2015 Returned: 21 May 2016 Location: Sheridan, Oregon

On 21 May 2015 at 1pm, the long lost Purple Heart Medal of WWII hero SSG Carlton Cleo Henley was returned to his sister, Charlotte Clemmer, at her home in Sheridan, OR. SSG Carlton Cleo Henley (SN: 39313878) was born 12 January 1921 in Arkansas to Ira and Effie May…

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PFC Glen Raymond Kisor

U.S. Army 24 October 1944 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: 13 March 2016 Returned: 11 June 2016 Location: Clarksville, TN

On 11 June 2016 and 1pm, a long lost WWII Purple Heart was returned to the family of WWII hero PFC Glen R. Kisor.  The ceremony took place at VFW Post 11160, located at 1068 Lafayette Rd, Clarksville, TN. Private First Class Glen Raymond Kisor (SN: 35277832) was born 10…

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2LT De Vere J. Johns

U.S. Army Air Corps 13 April 1944 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: 2013 Returned: 05 June 2016 Location: Parsippany, NJ

On 05 June 2016 at 3pm, a long lost WWII Purple Heart was returned to the son of a WWII hero 2LT De Vere J. Johns.  The ceremony took place at their family home in Parsippany, NJ. 2nd Lieutenant De Vere J. Johns (SN: 0-693501) was born 30 June 1919…

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PFC Robert Sheddy Waters

U.S. Army 22 June 1944 & 19 September 1944 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: N/A Returned: 02 June 2016 Location: Statesboro, Georgia

PFC Robert Sheddy Waters was born 17 December 1923 in Tattnall County, Georgia to Robert R. and Laney “Babe” Kicklighter Waters.  He would later enlist on 23 February 1943 to serve in the U.S. Army.  He served with the 4th Infantry Division in WWII and saw action at Normandy, Northern…

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SGT Barry T. Hutchinson

U.S. Army 1966 Vietnam
Lost: April 2016 Found: April 2016 Returned: 19 May 2016 Location: Wakefield, NH

On Thursday, 19 May 2016 at 10am, a lost Purple Heart Medal and personal mementos were returned to the Veteran at the War Memorial next to Town Hall in Wakefield, NH. On 16 May 2016, Purple Hearts Reunited, who specializes in returning lost medals of Valor, was contacted by a Mr.…

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SP4 James Lewis Hatcher

U.S. Army 13 November 1970 Vietnam
Lost: UNK Found: April 2015 Returned: May 2016 Location: Columbus, Ohio

As listed on WVCulture.org: James Lewis Hatcher was born on December 16, 1951, in Oak Hill, West Virginia, the son of James H. and Myrtle Parsley Hatcher. James had two siblings, Ronnie and Karen. James Hatcher grew up in Sundial. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was talented at basketball…

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CPL Alvie Wayne Thornton

U.S. Army 1944 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: April 2016 Returned: 04 May 2016 Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

PVT Alvie Wayne Thornton (SN: 39540486) was born 1922 in Oklahoma to William Henry and Virgie Lee Thornton.  He would later enlist on 22 October 1942 into the U.S. Army to serve in WWII.  He also served honorable in Korea.  He would later pass on 09 June 1998 in Willcox,…

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SGT Ronald L. Hinkle

U.S. Army 15 April 2006 Iraq
Lost: 14 July 2014 Found: N/A Returned: 23 April 2016 Location: Louisville, KY

On 23 April 2016 at 1230, a Purple Heart was presented to Sergeant Ronald L. Hinkle.  The ceremony took place at American Legion Post 229 located at 200 West Woodlawn, Louisville, KY. On 15 April of 2006, SGT Hinkle’s vehicle was hit by an IED while serving with the 1-8…

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PFC Woodrow Wilson Grubb

Marine Corps 09 July 1944 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: UNK Returned: 23 April 2016 Location: Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin

On 23 April 2016 at 3pm, a long lost WWII Purple Heart was returned to the family of WWII hero PFC Woodrow W. Grubb.  The ceremony took place at American Legion Post 75 at 500 Fond Du Lac Avenue, Fond Du Lac, WI 54935. Private First Class Woodrow Wilson Grubb…

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PVT Harry J. Rudy

Army 19 September 1944 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: JAN 2016 Returned: 01 April 2016 Location: Chippewa Falls, WI

On 01 April 2016 at 11am, a long lost WWII Purple Heart was returned to the brother of a WWII hero PVT Harry J. Rudy.  The ceremony took place at American Legion Post 77 located at 12 East Spring Street, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729. Private (PVT) Harry J. Rudy (SN:…

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SSG Charles M. Christian

U.S. Army Air Corps 07 July 1944 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: UNK Returned: 30 MAR 2016 Location: Dublin, GA

SSG Charles M. Christian (SN: 14094288) was born 23 May 1923 in Floyd County, Georgia to Martin and Annie G. Christian.   He enlisted into the United States Army Air Corps on 10 August 1942.  He served with the 68th Bomber Squadron, 44th Bomber Group “The Flying Eightballs”.  He was a…

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PVT Bobby C. White

U.S. Army UNK Vietnam
Lost: UNK Found: JAN 2016 Returned: 25 MAR 2016 Location: Dallas, Texas

Bobby Clarence White was born on 05 March 1944 in Texas. He would later enlist into the U.S. Army and served honorably during the Vietnam War. Mr. White’s medal and decorations include the Purple Heart, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars and 1 Silver Service…

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SFC Donald T. Kimball

U.S. Army 20 April 1945 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: FEB 2016 Returned: 21 March 2016 Location: Bel Air, Maryland

SFC Donald Thurston Kimball (SN: 31348482) was born 06 March 1925 in Greenfield, Massachusetts to James H. and Esther M. Kimball. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on 22 June 1943 and served with the 511th Parachute Infantry, 11th Airborne Division. He saw action during the Southern Philippine Campaign…

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BG James P. Daley

Marine Corps 09 MAR 1967 Vietnam
Lost: 2016 Found: March 2016 Returned: 24 March 2016 Location: Janesville, Wisconsin

On 16 March 2016, we were contacted by a good citizen named Mr. Randy Mudge, who had found a Purple Heart Challenge Coin while on a cruise ship within his cabin’s safe. Due to the initials on the coin, Purple Hearts Reunited was able to find its owner. James P.…

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SP5 Tommie Clifton Thompson Sr.

Army 12 September 1968 Vietnam
Lost: UNK Found: OCT 2014 Returned: 30 JAN 2016 Location: Oklamhoma City, OK

SP5 Tommie Clifton Thompson Sr. (SN: US 54761844) was born 12 February 1944.    He served in Vietnam and was wounded 12 September 1968.  For his wounds, he received the Purple Heart.  He was also awarded the Army Commendation Medal for service from 13 March 1968 to 05 March 1969.  He…

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SGT Paul E. Owens

Army 31 March 1945 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: 25 JAN 2016 Returned: 11 FEB 2016 Location: Burton, MI

SGT Paul E. Owens (SN: 35435206) was born 20 January 1922 in Elkhorn City, KY to Noah Shannon and Stella Owens.   He enlisted into the Army on 07 July 1942.   During his service in WWII, he was taken prisoner and spent time as a POW in Stalag 3B, Furstenberg, Brandenburg,…

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CPhoM Robert Clarence Veeder

Army 20 September 1967 Vietnam
Lost: UNK Found: UNK Returned: 11 MAR 2016 Location: Beverly Hills, FL

CPhoM Robert Clarence Veeder was a Chief Photographer’s Mate (CPhoM), U.S. Navy in Vietnam.  He was wounded on 20 September 1967.  He was a combat photographer and even had one of his Vietnam photos on the cover of Look Magazine. He now lives in Beverly Hills, Florida with his wife…

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SGT Kaiser Kimball Jr.

Marine Corps 1967 Vietnam
Lost: N/A Found: N/A Returned: 05 MAR 2016 Location: Apple Valley, CA

SGT Kimball served in the United States Marine Corps and was wounded in Vietnam, unfortunately, he was never physically awarded his Purple Heart. As a surprise from his family on his 72nd Birthday, they reached out to Purple Hearts Reunited for help. This year, a fellow Veteran and Purple Heart…

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2LT Robert Russell Nolan

Army 14 October 1892 WWI
Lost: N/A Found: N/A Returned: 12 FEB 2016 Location: Burbank, CA

On 12 February 2016 at 7pm, a Purple Heart was presented to the granddaughter of WWI hero 2LT Robert Russell Nolan. The ceremony took place at her family home located in Burbank, CA.   2nd Lieutenant Robert Russell Nolan was born 20 December 1892 in Boston, Massachusetts to John and…

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SP4 Craig E. Hampton

Army 12 November 1966 Vietnam
Lost: UNK Found: JAN 2016 Returned: 12 FEB 2016 Location: Hesperia, CA

On 12 February 2016 at 3pm, the lost Purple Heart of Vietnam Hero SP4 Craig E. Hampton was returned at his home in Hesperian, CA.   Specialist 4 Craig E. Hampton was born in August of 1946. He would later enlist into the United States Army and served from 28…

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PFC Nolan McKinney

Marine Corps 22 November 1942 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: OCT 2015 Returned: 12 FEB 2016 Location: Lake Elsinore, CA

On 12 February 2016 at 10am, the lost military medals of WWII hero PFC Nolan McKinney were returned to his nephew at their family home in Lake Elsinore, CA. Private First Class (PFC) Nolan McKinney (Service Number: 320082) was born 16 June 1924 to Ernest F. and Maude Lemon Cagle…

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TEC5 Eugene Victor Call Return #2

Army 02 March 1945 WWII
Lost: N/A Found: JAN 2016 Returned: 11 FEB 2016 Location: San Diego, CA

On February 11, 2016, the Purple Heart of WWII Hero TEC5 Eugene Victor Call was returned to his family at a special ceremony in their family home in San Diego, CA.   Technician 5th Grade (TEC5) Eugene Victor Call (SN: 31040198) was born 19 March 1912 to William Howard and…

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TEC5 Eugene V. Call Return #1

Army 02 March 1945 WWII
Lost: N/A Found: JAN 2016 Returned: 08 FEB 2016 Location: newport, NH

On February 08, 2016, a Purple Heart in honor of WWII Hero TEC5 Eugene Victor Call was presented to his East Coast family at a special ceremony at the Newport, NH Veterans Club located at 118 John Stark Highway, Newport, NH 03773   Technician 5th Grade (TEC5) Eugene Victor Call…

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PFC Milton Arthur Lee (MOH)

U.S. Army 26 April 1968 Vietnam
Lost: 1979 Found: N/A Returned: 26 January 2016 Location: San Antonio, Texas

On January 26, 2016, the stolen Purple Heart of Vietnam hero and Medal of Honor recipient PFC Milton Arthur Lee was replaced and returned to his family in San Antonio, Texas thanks to Purple Hearts Reunited.   Private First Class Milton Arthur Lee was born 28 February 1949 in Shreveport,…

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PVT Starr W. Nivens

Army 1944 WWII
Returned: 1 January 2016 Location: St. Cloud, FL

PVT Starr W. Nivens (SN: 34778554) was born on 11 January 1909. He would later enlist on 10 July 1943 into the U.S. Army and was assigned to the Combat Engineers. While supporting troops on the front line, he was Wounded in Action on 06 October 1944 near Aachen, Germany.…

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HA2c William Ellsworth Milton Jr.

Navy 21 July 1944 WWII
Found: 2008 Returned: December 2015 Location: Spanaway, WA

Hospital Apprentice 2nd Class William Ellsworth Milton Jr. was born on 15 December 1924 in Lewiston Nei, Idaho to William Sr. and Annie Mason Brooks Milton. William would later enlist in the United States Marine Corps to serve in WWII. During his initial service, Milton wanted to serve as a…

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PVT George R. Kenney

Army 08 November 1944 WWII
Returned: 23 December 2015 Location: 96 Center Street, Rutland, VT

On 23 December 2015 at 2:00pm, the lost Purple Heart of WWII Hero Private George Robert Kenney was returned to his Godchildren and bestowed to the Rutland Vermont Historical Society for permanent display. The presentation occurred at the Rutland Historical Society Museum located at 96 Center Street, Rutland, VT. PVT…

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1LT Benedict Francis Hoffmann

U.S. Army 22 April 1945 WWII
Lost: N/A Found: 2015 Returned: 20 December 2015 Location: Winsted, MN

On 20 December 2015, the lost Purple Heart of WWII Hero 1st Lieutenant Benedict F. Hoffmann returned home to his sister. The presentation occurred at the Martin Krueger Post #407 of the American Legion located at 161 1st Street North, Winsted, MN. Lieutenant Benedict Francis Hoffmann (SN: 0-026183) was born August 16,…

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SGT Donald P. Winterhalter

Army Vietnam
Found: 1987 Returned: 19 Nov 2015 Location: Brookline, NH

A long-lost Vietnam-era dog tag was returned on 19 November to Sergeant Donald P. Winterhalter at a casual ceremony at Chrysanthi’s Restaurant, at 204 Route 13, Brookline, NH 03033. The dog tag was found in Vietnam in 1987, and was finally be returned to its rightful owner with the help…

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TSGT Clayton E. Hamilton

Army Air Corps 1945 WWII
Lost: 1945 Found: 1982 Returned: 19 Nov 2015 Location: Lake Charles, LA

On 19 November 2015 at 2:30pm, the lost military medals of TSGT Clayton E. Hamilton were returned to his family. The ceremony took place at American Legion Post 1, 1530 9th Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601. Technical Sergeant Clayton E. Hamilton (SN: 18165637) was born 1920 in Alabama to William…

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PVT Joseph S. Payne

Army 1918 WWI
Lost: UNK Found: 05 July 2015 Returned: 11 November 2015 Location: New Market, AL

Private Joseph Sylvester Payne was born 25 March 1896 to Daniel Blackburn and Frances Willis “Fannie” Tubbs Payne in Perry County, Alabama. He registered for the draft on 05 June 1917 and was called for service in the summer of 1918. He would later go onto serve with the 11th…

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PVT Douglas R. Matthews

U.S. Army 03 November 1918 WWI
Lost: Never Issued Found: Not Lost Returned: 11 November 2015 Location: Richmond, VA

On Veterans Day, 11 November 2015, a Purple Heart medal was presented for the first time to the family of WWI hero Private Douglas R. Matthews. This joint presentation occurred at the Virginia War Memorial at 621 S. Belvidere St., Richmond, VA 23220. Private Douglas R. Matthews was born 10…

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1LT John Michael Dunne

U.S. Army 06 December 1950 Korea
Lost: UNK Found: 2015 Returned: 11 November 2015 Location: Storrs, CT

On 11 November 2015, the lost Purple Heart of WWII and Korean War hero 1st Lieutenant John Michael Dunne was presented for permanent display to the University of Connecticut. The presentation occurred as part of the university’s Veterans Day Ceremony on campus in Storrs, CT at the Ultimate Sacrifice Memorial, which…

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MAJ Anthony Sordill

U.S. Army 01 May 1943 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: October 2015 Returned: 10 November 2015 Location: Toms River, NJ

On 10 November 2015, the lost military medals of WWII hero Major Anthony Sordill were returned to his granddaughter in Toms River, NJ. This joint ceremony between Purple Hearts Reunited and Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 36 took place at American Legion Post 129, 2025 Church Road, Toms River,…

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PFC William Michael Denhoff

USMC 04 May 1966 Vietnam
Lost: UNK Found: October 2015 Returned: 07 November 2015 Location: Olympia, Washington

On 07 November 2015, the lost Purple Heart of Vietnam hero PFC William Michael Denhoff was returned to his family. The presentation occurred at VFW Post 318, 2902 Martin Way E, Olympia, WA. This was a  joint ceremony, coordinated by the nonprofit organization Purple Hearts Reunited and hosted by Military Order of…

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SFC Grayson Jerald West

U.S. Army 16 December 1965 Vietnam
Lost: UNK Found: January 2015 Returned: 24 October 2015 Location: Dallas, Texas

On 24 October 2015, the lost military medals of Vietnam hero Sergeant First (SFC) Class Grayson Jerald West were returned to his son at the American Airlines Sky Ball XIII event held at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, American Airlines Hangar 5 on 28th Street. Sergeant First Class Grayson…

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COL Dorsie D. Page Jr.

USMC 12 September 1970 Vietnam
Found: 2015 Returned: 22 October 2015 Location: Military Heritage Collection of North Texas, Nevada, TX

On 22 October 2015, Purple Hearts Reunited dedicated the medals of Vietnam hero Colonel Dorsie D. Page Jr. to the Military Heritage Collection of North Texas. The medals were first presented to Medal of Honor recipient and Vietnam Veteran Colonel Robert J. Modrzejewski, USMC. In return, he bestowed them to…

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PFC Lloyd M. Barrett


Location: Lincoln County, Oregon

Purple Hearts Reunited was contacted in August of 2015 with news that the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was attempting to locate family or next of kin for Pfc. Lloyd M. Barrett, a soldier who was killed in Europe during World War II shortly after the invasion of Normandy. The Purple…

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SSG Robert H. Podewils

U.S. Army Air Corps 10 DEC 1944 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: 2013 Returned: 19 SEP 2015 Location: New Orleans, LA

On 19 September 2015, at 11am, the organization Purple Hearts Reunited presented a lost Purple Heart Medal of SSG Robert H. Podewils to the last remaining WWII veterans of the 307th Bomber Group and in return they presented the medal to the National WWII Museum in the US Freedom Pavilion:…

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CPL Edward Carl Olsen

Army 1944 WWII
Found: 2015 Returned: 24 August 2015 Location: Nixa, MO

CPL Edward C. Olsen was killed in World War II in 1944, by an enemy sniper. His family had no idea where his Purple Heart was, until they received word from the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Purple Hearts Reunited that they would be receiving it, during a…

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PVT John R. Clark

Army 1943 WWII
Lost: 1998 Found: 2015 Returned: 8 September 2015 Location: Ossining, NY

On 08 September 2015, at 7:30pm, Purple Hearts Reunited and the Department of New York Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 1782 in conjunction with Chapter 21, presented a Purple Heart medal of PVT John R. Clark to the Ossining Town Board Meeting at Ossining Court House 88 Spring…

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PFC Keith W. Gibb

U.S. Army 21 October 1943 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: July 2015 Returned: 07 September 2015 Location: Kansas City, MO

On 07 September 2015, at 7pm, along-lost WWII medals of a WWII hero were returned to his family. The event occurred at the Kansas City Royals game versus the Minnesota Twins at Kaufman Stadium. Private First Class (PFC) Keith W. Gibb (SN: 37157136), was born 25 February 1912 in Elmdale,…

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2LT Earl E. “Bo” Cline

Army Air Corps 23 DEC 1945 WWII
Lost: N/A Found: N/A Returned: 28 AUG 2015 Location: Chattanooga, TN

2nd Lieutenant Earl E. “Bo” Cline (SN: 02061147) was born 20 January 1920 in Chattanooga, TN. He enlisted into the United States Army Air Corps on 10 June 1944 and served as a Bombardier with the 574th Bomber Squadron, 391st Bomber Group. 2LT Cline saw action in the Ardennes and…

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TEC4 Malcolm S. Shepard

Army 23 APR 1945 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: 2015 Returned: 28 AUG 2015 Location: Jamestown, TN

On 28 August 2015,  a long-lost WWII Purple Heart medal was dedicated to it’s new home of honor in Fentress County, TN. The event occured at the Jamestown Courthouse located at 101 Main Street, Jamestown, TN 38556. Technician Fourth Grade (TEC4) Malcolm S. Shepard (SN: 36362552) was born in 1918…

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1LT James P. McAvoy

Army Air Corps 1943 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: NOV 2014 Returned: 15 AUG 2015 Location: Atlanta, GA

On 15 August 2015, at 7pm, a long-lost Purple Heart medal was returned to the family of 1LT James P. McAvoy at the Atlanta Braves Military Heroes Night game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Braves were celebrating the men and women who have served, past and present, in our nation’s…

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PVT Alfred John Holland

Army 1945 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: Jan 2015 Returned: 15 AUG 2015 Location: Dalton, Ga

On 15 August 2015, at 11am, a long-lost Purple Heart medal and other family heirlooms returned home to the family of a WWII hero. PVT Alfred John Holland (SN: 14065584) was born on 17 November 1923 in Atlanta, GA to John Alfred and Annie Faith Holland. He had two younger…

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PVT Dudley Addington McDaniel


Location: dallas, ga

PVT Dudley Addington McDaniel (SN: 44030102) was born 15 January 1920 in Alabama to Charles Addington and Madge Elizabeth Leming McDaniel. Dudley served in the Merchant Marines before enlisting into the Army on 06 August 1944, serving with Troop B, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division in WWII.  He was killed…

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1LT William Edward Thompson

Army Jan 1945 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: Replacement Returned: 11 AUG 2015 Location: Sun Valley, Nevada

We were contacted by Max Poorthuis, the President of the 16th Infantry Regiment Historical Society, informing us that 1LT Thompson’s family (Daughter) was searching for his Silver Star and Purple Heart, which had been separated from the family.  It was our honor to secure replacement medals for the family so that they would…

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SGT James L. MacMaster

Army Vietnam
Found: 2015 Returned: July 2015 Location: Ozark, MO

A Purple Heart that once belonged to Vietnam veteran SGT James MacMaster will be returned to his daughter in Ozark, MO, thanks to research done by Purple Hearts Reunited and a local newspaper columnist. The article detailing this captivating story appears below. A Purple Heart Answer Man: I volunteer at…

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PFC Bruce Allan Baker

USMC 24 July 1966 Vietnam
Returned: 25 July 2015

On Saturday 25 July 2015, Purple Hearts Reunited partnered with the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA) and the Veterans MC to honor Vietnam War veteran and former Vermont resident PFC Bruce Allan Baker. In the morning, a ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Sharon, VT kicked off the event,…

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PVT Joseph Eugene “Gene” Bone

Army 07 February 1944 WWII
Found: January 2014 Returned: 24 July 2015 Location: 38 East Southcross Boulevard, San Antonio, TX

In a special joint ceremony honoring two WWII veterans in San Antonio, TX on 24 July 2015, a medal was restored and preserved in our nation’s history. PVT Joseph Eugene “Gene” Bone (SN: 34769630) was born 19 August 1920 in Taylor County, Georgia to Joseph Jackson and Eva Fannie Mott…

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PFC James Thomas Hull

Army 9 September 1943 WWII
Found: 2015 Returned: 24 July 2015 Location: 38 East Southcross Boulevard, San Antonio, TX

On 24 July 2015, at 3pm, a long-lost Purple Heart Medal of a fallen WWII Hero, PFC James Thomas Hull, was reunited with his last surviving brother at a ceremony at the Pecan Valley Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in San Antonio, TX. Private First Class (PFC) James Thomas Hull…

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PVT Berlin E. Small

Army 1944 WWII
Found: 2013 Returned: July 2015 Location: Bainbridge Island, WA

Lost WWII medals of an American hero are now with the veteran’s family in Bainbridge Island, WA. Purple Hearts Reunited rescued the medals two years ago and enlisted the help of the group Fundamentals of Genealogy to help track down the relatives of PVT Berlin Edward Small. Through this return,…

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Eva Grace Ward Goss DAR Medal

1923
Found: May 2015 Returned: 12 July 2015 Location: Vergennes, VT

On 12 July 2015, the lost Daughters of the American Revolution insignia belonging to Eva Grace Goss was presented to the current leadership of the Vermont Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) at a special ceremony at the John Strong Mansion Museum in Vergennes, VT, conducted by Purple Hearts Reunited…

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PFC Ernest C. Boren

Army 17 October 1944 WWII
Lost: 1963 Found: June 2015 Returned: 25 June 2015 Location: Twin Falls, ID

A long-lost Bronze Star and Purple Heart medal, once belonging to living WWII veteran PFC Ernest C. Boren, was returned to him on Thursday, 25 June 2015 at 1:00pm in Twin Falls, ID. The ceremony took place at DAV/VFW Post 2136 Hall, and was well-attended. Private First Class (PFC) Ernest…

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PVT Cuyler L. Hairelson

Army WWII
Returned: June 2015 Location: Milton, FL

A long-lost Purple Heart medal, once belonging to WWII veteran PVT Cuyler Leonard Hairelson, was returned to his family in Milton, FL, with the help of Purple Hearts Reunited and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Carmen Antone, the daughter of PVT Hairelson, was presented with the medal in…

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PFC John B. Goodman

Army Unknown WWI
Returned: June 2015 Location: Renton, Washington

John Barnard Goodman, from Great Falls, Montana, was born on 02 March 1890, and entered the U.S. Army to fight in World War I (Service Number 198725). He served with the 37th Service Company, Signal Corps, and was gassed during the war. For his service, PFC Goodman was awarded a…

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PFC Cedric C. Laraway

Army 1944 WWII
Lost: 2014 Found: 2014 Returned: 30 May 2015 Location: Stowe, Vermont

Purple Hearts Reunited spent Saturday, May 30, 2015 honoring World War II soldier PFC Cedric Charles Laraway, a Vermont native. Laraway’s lost Purple Heart was found in a Vermont antique shop a few months before the event, and the group commemorated PFC Laraway’s service with a Memorial Hike of Laraway…

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PVT Daniel Quinlan

Army 28 May 1932 WWI
Returned: 22 May 2015 Location: New Windsor, NY

In honor of Memorial Day 2015, the nonprofit organization Purple Hearts Reunited conducted a public ceremony for WWI veteran PVT Daniel William Quinlan on Friday, 22 May 2015. The ceremony took place at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor (NPHHOH) in New Windsor, NY. Daniel William Quinlan was born…

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PFC Paul M. Pike

Army 1945 WWII
Returned: 21 May 2015 Location: Worcester VT

Just before Memorial Day 2015, Purple Hearts Reunited facilitated the return of a long-lost Purple Heart medal to the cousin of WWII veteran PFC Paul M. Pike, of Worcester, VT. On Thursday, 21 May 2015, a small ceremony honored PFC Pike at the Worcester Village Cemetery on Route 12 in…

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CPL William C. Benn

Air Force WWII, Korean War
Found: 12 March 2015 Returned: 19 April 2015 Location: Salisbury Beach, Mass

On a beach in Massachusetts on a beautiful spring day, we were delighted to honor CPL William C. Benn and his military service. On Sunday 19 April 2015, at Salisbury Beach State Reserve, a long-lost dog tag was returned to CPL Benn’s son. William G. Benn received the dog tag…

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PVT Paul E. Riege

USMC 04 October 1918 WWI
Returned: 15 April 2015 Location: Gallup, NM

PVT Paul E. Riege, a World War I veteran from Spring Valley, OH who fought in France, never received a Purple Heart, though he was wounded in action in 1918. The nonprofit organization Purple Hearts Reunited corrected this error in April 2015 by sending a Purple Heart of the time…

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SGT Frank Holsten

Army 28 July 1918 WWI
Found: 1995 Returned: April 2015 Location: Newark, OH

A long-lost Purple Heart medal was sent to the Newark, OH great-nephew of WWI veteran SGT Frank Holsten, with help from the social media post and Purple Hearts Reunited. Ms. Tish Harmon Bernath, of Shelby, OH, found the medal, along with other military artifacts, when cleaning out her apartment, and…

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CPL Richmond L. Litman

Army 18 September 1950 Korean War
Found: 2005 Returned: 29 March 2015 Location: Denver, CO

On Sunday, 29 March 2015, Purple Hearts Reunited presented a lost Purple Heart medal to the family of Korean War veteran CPL Richmond Litman. PHR and the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) hosted a public ceremony to honor the service and sacrifice of CPL Litman. The lost medal…

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CPL Ralph G. Fisher

Navy, Army 1952 WWII, Korean War
Found: 2014 Returned: 21 March 2015 Location: Myrtle Point, OR

A misplaced Purple Heart medal discovered by a couple in California was returned to its rightful owners in Myrtle Point, Oregon. On 21 March 2015, the nonprofit organization Purple Hearts Reunited (PHR) conducted a public ceremony to return the Purple Heart to CPL Ralph George Fisher’s family. The event took…

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CPL Bruce D. Merritt

USMC 1944 WWII
Returned: Replaced 20 March 2015 Location: Eugene, OR

On Friday, 20 March 2015, the nonprofit organization Purple Hearts Reunited (PHR) presented a replacement Purple Heart to the grand-niece of a WWII Marine who was killed in action in 1944. Kate Noah of Eugene received a replacement of her great uncle’s Purple Heart medal, which was more than likely…

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PFC Charles F. Tuck

USMC 09 March 1945 WWII
Lost: 09 October 2012 Returned: 14 March 2015 Location: Mesquite, TX

Purple Hearts Reunited and the Military Order of the Purple Heart (Commander Pat Little) presented a Purple Heart medal to the sister of WWII veteran PFC Charles F. Tuck on 14 March 2015. Mrs. Jean Scott of Mesquite, TX received a replacement Purple Heart to commemorate her deceased brother, as…

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PFC Billy Jack Christian

USMC 21 July 1944 WWII
Returned: 13 March 2015 Location: Terrell Heritage Museum, Terrell, TX

Purple Hearts Reunited presented a lost Purple Heart medal to its recipient’s hometown on 13 March 2015. Purple Hearts Reunited (PHR) and the members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) conducted the public ceremony to present the lost Purple Heart of U.S. Marine Corps PFC Billy J.…

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SPC Gerald R. Jenkins

Army 2010 Afghanistan
Returned: January 2015 Location: Circleville, OH

In January 2015, Purple Hearts Reunited assisted a Gold Star Mother in obtaining a replacement Purple Heart for her son SPC Gerald R. Jenkins. SPC Jenkins was Killed in Action in Afghanistan on 20 October 2010. 2010 was the bloodiest year of the War, and 711 U.S. and NATO soldiers…

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PVT Thomas H. Bell

USMC 1918 WWI
Lost: N/A Found: N/A Returned: March 2015 Location: Pine City, MN

In early March of 2015, Purple Hearts Reunited sent a Purple Heart to a Pine City, MN resident, the grand-niece of World War I veteran PVT Thomas H. Bell. In 1918, PVT Bell was killed in action in France. The Marine was never awarded a Purple Heart, as the award…

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PVT Jack E. Martin

Army Unknown WWII
Lost: Unknown Found: 2014 Returned: March 2015 Location: Ocala, FL

In the first week of March 2015, Purple Hearts Reunited returned a misplaced Purple Heart medal to the daughter of World War II veteran PVT Jack Elmo Martin. Martin’s medal ended up with distant family members in AZ after his death, but a genealogical search revealed much closer family, and…

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SSG Daniel H. Tremper

Army 1944 WWII
Lost: 2015 Found: 2015 (Replacement) Returned: 14 February 2015 Location: San Jose, Ca

SSG Tremper served in World War II with Company F, 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division.  He fought on D-Day and was killed on 07 July 1944.  At the time, his friend, PFC Ysidor M. Sanchez, Company Sharpshooter, witnessed his death and killed the German soldier in retaliation. Daniel SSG Tremper…

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PVT William Booth Wood

Army Unknown WWII
Lost: 2014 Found: 2014 Returned: February 2015 Location: Hillsborough, NC

PVT William Booth Wood, born on 09 September 1922 in New York, enlisted in the U.S. Army on 09 December 1942 and served with the 94th Infantry Division. Unfortunately, his Purple Heart medal and miscellaneous items accidentally disappeared after an estate sale following Mr. Wood’s death in 2014. The lost medal…

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SSG Raymond Ferrer

Army 1945 WWII
Lost: Unknown Found: 2014 Returned: February 2015 Location: Estero, FL

Purple Hearts Reunited was contacted in early 2015 by a Mr. German Serna and Mr. Camillo Santomero, whose family owns a number of retail buildings in the Danbury, CT area. One of the buildings contained a pawn shop, which went out of business and turned over their stock as payment.…

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CPT Samuel H. Weinstein

Army 26 SEP 1944 WWII
Lost: 2014 Found: 2014 Returned: 24 JAN 2015 Location: St. Louis, MO

Thanks to Mr. Yuri Beckers and his passionate work capturing the history of the 9th Infantry Division (9thinfantrydivision.net) and putting together a wonderful biography with CPT Weinstein’s son Jay. Samuel grew up in Queens New York, being the oldest of three sons of Russian immigrant parents. He was attending City College New…

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LTC Louis H. Cotton

Army 1944 WWII
Found: 2012 Returned: 18 January 2015 Location: Greenville, IL

A Purple Heart medal that was once donated to the BG Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum in 2012 finally returned home to its rightful owners. On 18 January 2015, Purple Hearts Reunited conducted a public ceremony to return a Purple Heart to LTC Louis H. Cotton’s family. The event took…

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PFC Alvin T. Smith

Army 1944 WWII
Found: 2014 Returned: 17 January 2015 Location: St. Louis, MO

On 17 January 2015, Purple Hearts Reunited presented PFC Alvin T. Smith’s medals in a frame to the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in St. Louis, MO. Purple Hearts Reunited gave the medal to the city, represented by Mr. Freddie Dunlap, and it was entrusted to Dr. Lynnea Magnuson, Superintendent of…

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PFC Bruce Klein

Army 1945 WWII
Returned: 16 January 2015 Location: Milwaukee, WI

On 16 January, 2015, at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center, Purple Hearts Reunited presented 90-year-old Bruce Klein with the Bronze Star he didn’t know he was entitled to until recently. Klein had requested replacement medals, but they were lost along the way and finally found in a filing cabinet…

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CPL Raymond E. Paradowski

Army 1950 Korean War
Found: 30 July 2006 Returned: 16 January 2015 Location: Milwaukee, WI

On 16 January 2015, Purple Hearts Reunited and the Military Order of the Purple Heart conducted a public ceremony to return the lost military medals of CPL Raymond Edward Paradowski. Paradowski’s Purple Heart was returned to the family of Korean War veteran CPL Paradowski. In conjunction with the Military Order…

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PFC Richard Ferris

Army 1943 WWII
Lost: Unknown Returned: May 2014 Location: Fort Myers, FL

Private First Class Richard Ferris SN: 32335477 Enlisted: 13 May 1942 Enlistment Location: Ft. Jay Governors Island, NY Born: 04 October 1918 in the Bronx, NY KIA: 09 September 1943 Buried: Long Island National Cemetery (Section J, Site 16394) Buried: 18 NOV 1948, body returned from Paestum-Mt. Soprano-Italy. Father: Alexander…

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2LT Harry William Bessler

Army 1944 WWII
Returned: 5 August 2014 Location: Sturgis, SD

2LT Harry “Bill” William Bessler fought in World War II and was killed in action on 17 FEB 1944. Purple Hearts Reunited traveled to Sturgis, South Dakota to present his lost Purple Heart to Tom Maples, Bessler’s nephew. The Purple Hearts Reunited return was part of the Veteran Appreciation Ceremony…

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PVT Thomas Bateman

Army 3 June 1945 WWII
Lost: 1950's Found: 1950's Returned: 3 August 2014 Location: Grayslake, IL

Sometimes, it takes decades to make good on a promise. For John Trinca of Antioch, it took 69 years, two months and 13 hours. The World War II veteran was just 19 when, on June 1, 1945, he was introduced to a new member of his company as the group…

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PFC Frank E. Conroy

Army 1918 WWI
Returned: Jan 30, 2014 Location: Pittsfield, ME

On 30 January 2014, Mrs. Sheila Bedi, with the assistance of Zachariah Fike, founder of Purple Hearts Reunited, returned a lost WWI Purple Heart medal for Private First Class Frank E. Conroy. Sheila and her husband made the five hour drive from Vershire, Vermont to Maine to return the Purple…

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Daniel Petrovich

USMC WWII
Found: 2013 Returned: 2013 Location: Hellertown, PA

In June of 2013, Purple Hearts Reunited was contacted by Wayne Ward, who had found a lost Purple Heart belonging to Daniel Petrovich. Petrovich, born in Hellertown, PA to Marko and Cecelia Petrovich, was a World War II veteran who served in the US Marine Corps and earned a Purple…

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PVT Alfred B. Haire

Army 1943 WWII
Returned: 2013 Location: Cumberland County, NC

For Mike Scott, David Taylor and Jim Schaller, it’s about remembering a life of service, honoring the ultimate sacrifice and is simply the right thing to do. Scott, the county’s veterans services officer, Commander Schaller and Service Officer Taylor of the Winston Salem chapter of the Military Order of the…

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CHF CARP Thomas H. Smith

Navy 1945 World War II
Returned: January 2015 Location: Mobile, AL

A lost Purple Heart, found in a rental car by Mrs. Julia Obici, returned home to the younger (and only living) sibling of World War II veteran Chief Carpenter Thomas Hoy Smith. Obici contacted the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), which worked with Zachariah Fike at Purple Hearts…

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PFC George F. Nolan, Jr.

Army 1953 Korean War
Returned: January 2015 Location: Rocky Point, NY

George F. Nolan, Jr. was born on 21 May 1931. Just before his twentieth birthday, Nolan enlisted in the Army, serving in the Korean War with Company K, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. PFC Nolan was wounded in action on 27 March 1953 and discharged 11 April 1954. For…

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SGT Morton C. Warnow

Army Air Force 1944 WWII
Found: 2014 Returned: January 2015 Location: Moraga, CA

SGT Morton Warnow’s Purple Heart, earned in WWII, was lost and found by strangers. A misspelling (“Warwow” instead of “Warnow”) caused the original engraver, PVT Nathan Beckman, to bring the medal home with him, and his daughter found it after he had passed away. Purple Hearts Reunited was contacted and…

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PFC John H. Poore

Army 1951 Korea
Lost: Unknown Returned: October 10, 2014 Location: Milford, Delaware

U.S. Army PFC John H. Poore served in the Korean War and lost his life at the young age of 20. His Purple Heart was awarded posthumously, and somehow ended up at a garage sale years later. Luckily, with the help of concerned citizens and Purple Hearts Reunited, two great-nephews…

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CW2 Carter D. Stephens

Army Special Forces 1969 Vietnam
Lost: 1980 Found: 2013 Returned: December 20, 2014 Location: Irving, TX

On December 20, 2014, a special ceremony was held at the Westin Hotel in Irving, Texas to commemorate the life and service of Carter D. Stephens. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Stephens was the Battalion Surgeon of HQ, 1st Battalion, 505th Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division. Stephens was born into an Army…

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SGT Edward Engler

Army
Returned: October 17, 2014 Location: Madison, WI

Sergeant Edward Engler served at Fort Drum, NY with the 10th Mountain Division and in the War on Terror. His Purple Heart was lost in a storage unit in Madison, WI, and was found by a teenage girl nearby. With the help of Purple Hearts Reunited and her parents, Sam,…

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PVT Norman W. Steinfeldt

Army 1945 World War II
Lost: Unknown Found: Unknown Returned: November 2014 Location: Salem, Oregon

A framed Purple Heart was returned to Rudolph P. Arndt of Salem, OR, the cousin of its original owner. The Purple Heart was earned by World War II veteran Norman W. Steinfeldt and awarded posthumously. The framed medal will be sent from Vermont to Oregon in time for Veterans Day…

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PFC Hilmer D. Timm

Army 1945 World War II
Lost: Unknown Found: 26 Jan 2014 Returned: 11 Nov 2014 Location: Minneapolis, MN

In honor of Veterans Day 2014, Purple Hearts Reunited returned a Purple Heart to Annette Knotz of Minneapolis, MN. The medal was earned by Knotz’s great-grandfather PFC Hilmer Dalton Timm, a WWII Infantryman. Hilmer Dalton Timm was born on 17 MAY 1901 in Hennepin County, MN. He served in WWII…

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SSG John Mackanos

Army, Military Police Unknown World War II
Lost: 2009 Found: 2013 Returned: November 2014 Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Purple Hearts Reunited returned a Purple Heart to Erin Heidecker of Pittsburgh, PA, just in time for Veterans Day 2014. The medal belonged to her grandfather, SSG John Mackanos, a World War II veteran, and was given to her before he died in 2009. The medal is very significant to…

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SGT Gordon N. Coomer

Army Unknown Vietnam
Lost: 1995 Found: 2014 Returned: 2014 Location: Sugar Hill, GA

SGT Gordon N. Coomer served in the Vietnam War in the Army Infantry and Special Forces. While in Vietnam, Coomer met his wife and began a family. He was awarded the Purple Heart and returned to the United States. His medal fell into the hands of a consignment shop after…

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2LT Roy W. Christianson

Army Air Corps 1943 World War II
Lost: 2012 Found: 2014 Returned: 09 November 2014 Location: Seattle, WA

Purple Hearts Reunited traveled to Seattle just before Veterans Day 2014 to honor 2LT Roy W. Christianson. Christianson joined the Army Air Corps in 1941 and piloted a B-17 named “Beats Me.” Christianson was part of the 360th Bombardment Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group. The plane was shot down during their…

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2LT Harley C. Kempter

Army Air Corps 1946 World War II
Lost: Unknown Found: October 2014 Returned: 06 November 2014 Location: Washington DC

Harley C. Kempter was a second lieutenant in World War II. He flew the P47 Thunderbolt over the Pacific with the 333rd Fighter Squadron, 318th Fighter Group. He was declared missing in action on August 8, 1945 after his plane was shot down over the Pacific Ocean. Approximately one year…

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PFC Thomas Edward McGraw

Army 1966 Vietnam
Lost: Unknown Found: 1999 Returned: 04 NOV 2014 Location: Manlius, NY

The medals of PFC Thomas E. McGraw were returned to his family on November 4th in a 6:00pm ceremony at the Cavalry Club in Manlius, NY. The Purple Heart medal that McGraw was awarded posthumously, lost for decades, was returned to his family, including his daughter Robyn, former wife Sarah,…

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TEC5 Emanuel Mark

Army 17 SEP 1944 WWII
Returned: 02 AUG 2014 Location: Chicago, IL

Dear Captain Zac, On this, August 7th, Purple Heart Day, on behalf of our family, I wish to take this opportunity to once again extend our heartfelt thanks to you for reuniting my father, Emanuel (Muni) Mark, with his long-lost medal. My father’s war experiences had a traumatic, life-changing effect…

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PFC Carmen V. Ramos

Army 22 OCT 1944 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: 2014 Returned: 02 AUG 2014 Location: National Museum of Mexican Art Chicago, IL

Born in 1910 in Mexico, Carmen migrated to the Chicago area in 1929, living on Washburn Avenue. Enlisting into the Army to serve in WWII, he stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day with the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division. While participating in combat action along the Teveren-Geilenkirchen line…

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PVT George Harold Andreason

USMC 12 MAR 1945 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: 2014 Returned: 01 AUG 2014 Location: Burlington, VT

MONTPELIER, Vt. — An Arizona man whose father was killed during World War II fighting on the island of Iwo Jima received the Purple Heart medal Friday that his father earned almost 70 years ago. Harold Andreason, of Phoenix, accepted the medal on behalf of his father — U.S. Marine…

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TEC5 Emilio R. Ricci

Army 18 JUL 1943 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: 2011 Returned: 18 JUL 2014 Location: Wappingers Falls, NY

WAPPINGERS FALLS – Emilio Ricci died on July 18, 1943, killed during a Japanese counterattack as United States forces were fighting to secure the Solomon Islands. There was no way he could have known the Purple Heart medal he earned in that moment would come home to New Haven, Connecticut…

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SGT James Albert Hanlon

Army 09 NOV 1942 WWII
Found: 2004 Returned: 13 July 2014 Location: Harrison, Maine

While cleaning out her aunt Genevieve’s apartment in New Hampshire more than a decade ago, Saundra Skiesgelas found an old military decoration that sparked her curiosity. “I said, ‘What about this, auntie?’ ” Skiesgelas said. “She said, “It’s nothing. Get rid of it.” Skiesgelas couldn’t bring herself to toss the…

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SGT Joshua Adam Lozier

Army 18 AUG 2008 Iraq
Lost: 2013 Found: 2013 Returned: 2014 Location: Midwest City, OK

Josh’s Purple Heart was discovered in Florida.  He was fairly easy to find and we were very thankful of that.  Josh’s return was special to us as he is a fellow Iraq Veteran and it was our first Operation Iraqi Freedom Purple Heart return. He was also enrolled into the Purple…

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PFC Joseph Martin Jordan

Army 06 JUN 1944 WWII
Lost: 2013 Found: 2013 Returned: 06 JUN 2014 Location: Maryville, Tennessee

Seven decades ago, the allied forces launched the world’s largest joint operation, eventually turning the tides of World War II. Some of those lives lost hit close to home, and a piece of family history came home Friday, 06 June 2014. A lost Purple Heart medal, given to PFC Joseph…

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F1c George Tate Greer Jr.

U.S. Navy 27 MAY 1945 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: 1984 Returned: 26 MAY 2014 Location: Harrington Park, New Jersey

Harrington Park, New Jersey joined countless others across the country on 26 May 2014 and marked Memorial Day with the town’s annual parade. Local marching bands and children took part, as did the many Veterans. Among them, 89 year old Miles Ward Greer, a familiar face in this parade. This year he…

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CPL Dominick Cosmo Orlando

U.S. Marine Corps 1944 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: 2013 Returned: 26 MAY 2014 Location: Bernardsville, New Jersey

Nearly 70 years after his death, a World War II Marine from Bernardsville was honored on 26 May 2014, during an emotional Memorial Day services outside of Borough Hall in Kearny, NJ. A Purple Heart and other military honors awarded to Cpl. Dominic Cosmo Orlando were returned to his hometown and presented…

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PVT Wilfred J. Warhurst

Army 19 JAN 1945 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: 2012 Returned: 26 MAY 2014 Location: Kearny, NJ

For more than two decades, it sat – carefully preserved – in a Pennsylvania residence. Bill Sweeney, outreach coordinator for the Kearny VOICE (Veterans Outreach Information Community Education) project, co-sponsored by the local American Legion Auxiliary and American Legion, said the medal was conferred on Army Pvt. Wilfred J. Warhurst…

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PFC Raymond A. Cloud

Army 15 SEP 1944 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: 2011 Returned: JUN 2013

Lost Treasure in a Trunk You never know what treasure you will find when shopping at a garage sale – a fishing pole, a set of dishes, clothes, maybe a piece of furniture. Joyce Ketchem of Plattsburg went to a sale in Gower a few years ago and bought a…

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TSGT John M. Bischoff

Army 06 MAY 1945 WWII
Lost: 2011 Found: 2013 Returned: 09 NOV 2013 Location: Bowie, MD

TSGT John M. Bischoff served in both WWII and Korea. He served with the 355th Infantry Regiment, 89th Infantry Division. He was wounded on 06 MAY 1945 in Germany when the jeep he was driving was hit by artillery. His other decorations include the Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Occupation…

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ENS John Perry Pierson

Navy 07 JAN 1946 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: OCT 2013 Returned: JAN 2014 Location: Stamford, CT

Secret Compartment Reveals Hidden WWII Purple Heart at Yard Sale When Betsy Campbell’s mother purchased an old trunk at a yard sale in October 2013 as a gift for her daughter, she had no idea what laid hidden inside. Her daughter Betsy began to go through the trunk and found…

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CPL John O. Bohannon

Marine Corps 27 JUN 1944 WWII
Lost: 2010 Found: 2014 Returned: 2014 Location: Memphis, TN

John O. Bohannon served in the United States Marine Corps from January 1943 to December 1945. During his time in the service he fought in numerous battles across the Pacific. He was wounded June 27, 1944 during the intense fighting on the island of Saipan. For his actions that day…

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2LT Glenn Morris

Army Air Corps 22 MAR 1944 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: 2013 Returned: 09 JAN 2014 Location: Pooler, GA

A Purple Heart medal awarded posthumously to an Army Air Corps second lieutenant who was killed nearly 70 years ago during a bombing mission over Berlin has a new home. On 09 Jan 2014, Army Capt. Zachariah Fike presented 2nd Lt. Glenn Morris’ Purple Heart to the National Museum of the…

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PFC Alvie Leroy Scott

Army 24 JAN 1945 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: DEC 2013 Returned: 12 April 2014 Location: Kansas City, MO

A Purple Heart and other military medals belonging to a Kansas soldier killed in World War II were returned to his family during a ceremony on 12 April 2014 at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial. Capt. Zachariah Fike, founder of Purple Hearts Reunited, presented the medal awarded decades…

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TSGT Odell Holden

Army 28 AUG 1944 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: DEC 2013 Returned: 08 JAN 2014 Location: Myrtle Beach, SC

Purple Hearts Reunited and members of South Carolina Chapter 0354 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart held a joint ceremony on 08 Jan 2014 to return a lost Purple Heart medal to the family of Technical Sergeant Odell Holden, who paid the ultimate sacrifice in WWII. The ceremony took…

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SGT Horace Roscoe Gore

U.S. Army 18 MAY 1967 Vietnam
Lost: UNK Found: 2012 Returned: 02 FEB 2014 Location: Myrtle Beach, SC

On 02 February 2014,  a special ceremony was held at the Hall of Heroes at the Sands Ocean Dunes Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC to celebrate the recovery of a lost Purple Heart Medal, which had been missing from a North Myrtle Beach family for years. Sgt. Horace Roscoe Gore served…

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PVT Ralph W. Bingham

U.S. Army 03 NOV 1918 WWI
Lost: UNK Found: AUG 2012 Returned: 16 SEP 2012 Location: Bourne, MA

The grandson who lost Ralph Bingham’s World War I Purple Heart probably had no idea of its significance. But 31-year-old Army National Guard Capt. Zachariah Fike, who returned the medal to Bingham’s family members Saturday, 16 September 2012,  at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, understands completely. The expression on…

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CM2c Robert Gene Woody

U.S. Navy 1945 WWII
Lost: UNK Found: 03 MAY 2014 Returned: 12 MAY 2014 Location: Sidney, NE

Volunteers for Vermont’s annual Green Up Day made an odd discovery when they looked inside a maple tree: wrapped in plastic inside an old VCR cassette was the World War II Good Conduct Medal for a Nebraska man who died 32 years ago. The 1945 medal had belonged to Robert…

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SSG Robert J. Capper

Army Air Corps 20 OCT 1944 WWII
Lost: 2001 Found: 2013 Returned: 02 November 2013 Location: Clifton Park, NY

On 02 November 2013, the lost medals of WWII Veteran, SSG Robert J. Capper were reunited with his brother, John J. Capper Jr. at a special ceremony at the American Legion Post #1450, 270 Grooms Rd., located in Clifton Park, NY. SSG Robert J. Capper was born 23 December 1923…

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Lt. Cmdr. Francis Elwood Brown

U.S. Navy 1943 WWII
Lost: Unknown Found: 2012 Returned: 16 December 2012 Location: Federicksburg, TX

Purple Heart Medal for WWII Hero Finally Find a Home On December 16, 2012, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Department of Texas, Purple Hearts Reunited, Inc., and the Admiral Nimitz Foundation held a joint ceremony at the National Museum of the Pacific War, 310 East Austin St., Fredericksburg, Texas, to…

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PVT Lowell L. Reynolds

U.S. Army 1944 WWII
Lost: 1970 Found: 2006 Returned: 19 March 2013 Location: Idaho

Army Captain Helps Oregon Woman Find Owner of Lost Purple Heart After 34 Years News Link: http://abcnews.go.com/US/army-captain-helps-oregon-woman-find-owner-lost/story?id=18763723 As Ronda Stone sees it, she wasn’t the owner of a Purple Heart medal she bought at a storage auction in Woodburn, Ore., 34 years ago. She was just holding onto it. “I’ve…

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S1c Orville Eugene Kimball

U.S. Navy 1945 WWII
Lost: Unknown Found: 2012 Returned: 03 April 2013 Location: Fredricksburg, TX

Purple Heart Medal for WWII Hero Finds a Home at the National Museum of the Pacific War News Link: http://www.armytimes.com/article/20130428/NEWS/304280011/Homeless-Purple-Heart-medals-get-Texas-museum-home On April 3, 2013, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Department of Texas, Purple Hearts Reunited, Inc., and the Admiral Nimitz Foundation held a joint ceremony at the National Museum…

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F1c Howard Donald Seibert

U.S. Navy 1944 WWII
Lost: Unknown Found: Unknown Returned: 03 APR 2013 Location: Fredricksburg, TX

Purple Heart Medal for WWII Hero Finds a Home at the National Museum of the Pacific War News Link: http://www.armytimes.com/article/20130428/NEWS/304280011/Homeless-Purple-Heart-medals-get-Texas-museum-home On April 3, 2013, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Department of Texas, Purple Hearts Reunited, Inc., and the Admiral Nimitz Foundation held a joint ceremony at the National Museum of…

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Robert Bennett Dog Tag

U.S. Navy 1943 WWII
Lost: Unknown Found: 2003 Returned: 23 October 2013 Location: wilbraham, ma

Purple Hearts Reunited and ‘Connecting Point’ on WGBY 57 reunite dog tags found in Wilbraham with family of World War II veteran Aliz Koletas grew up in Albany, N.Y.; in childhood she heard stories about her immigrant grandmother and the toll which World War II took on her family. “My…

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PFC George Charles Hankey

U.S. Army 1945 WWII
Lost: Unknown Found: Unknown Returned: 14 April 2013 Location: Butler, IN

Missing Medals Returned to WWII Veteran’s Family BUTLER, Ind. — Alvin Hankey of Butler recalls hearing the news his brother had died as a result of wounds sustained in World War II. “I was only 7 years old when he died,” Hankey said. “I was walking home from school, and…

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AO3c Gordon Hugh Yates

U.S. Navy 1945 WWII
Lost: 1979 Found: 2013 Returned: 09 November 2013 Location: Narvon, PA

World War II Aviator’s Long-Lost Purple Heart Is Finally Returning To His Family’s Hands Gordon H. Yates was a tall, skinny redhead who joined the Navy during World War II when he was 17. Two years later, the young aviator was dead, beheaded by the enemy after his patrol bomber…

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1LT Henry Alexander Schenk

U.S. Army 1952 Korean War
Lost: 2001 Found: 2013 Returned: 12 November 2013 Location: Washington, D.C.

Korean War Hero Honored in Washington, D.C. On 12 November 2013,  CPT Zachariah Fike of Purple Hearts Reunited, Mr. James McEachin, Kimberly Paller, and members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart conducted a joint ceremony to return a found Purple Heart medal to the family of 1LT Henry…

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2LT Hyman Markel

U.S. Army 1945 WWII
Lost: Unknown Found: October 2012 Returned: 18 February 2013 Location: Westlake Village, CA

Long Missing WWII Medal returned in LA Hyla Merin grew up without a father and for a long time never knew why. Her mother never spoke about the Army officer who died before Hyla was born. The scraps of information she gathered from other relatives were hazy: 2nd Lt. Hyman…

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TSGT Everett Lawrence MacDonald

Army Air Corps 1944 WWII
Lost: Unknown Found: 1999 Returned: 01 AUG 2013 Location: Boston, MA

  Long Lost Purple Heart returns to Everett On 01 August 2013, a long lost Purple Heart belonging to TSGT Everett Lawrence MacDonald, a Radio Operator on a B-24 Bomber who gave his life in the name of Freedom on 13 September 1944 during WWII was returned to his family.…

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LTC Louis H. Cotton

Army 06 JUN 1944 WWII
Lost: Unknown Found: 07 JUL 2012 Returned: 07 AUG 2012 Location: Fort Campbell, KY

LTC (then MAJ) Louis H. Cotton had been a Field Artillery Officer and Alpha Battery Commander within the 377th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion (PFAB), 101st Airborne Division during WWII.  He went on to become the S-1 (Personnel Officer) and eventually was assigned the position of Battalion Executive Officer just before…

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S2C George S. Story

Navy 11 MAY 1945 WWII
Lost: Unknown Found: 2012 Returned: 09 MAR 2013 Location: Idaho Falls, Idaho

Seaman 2nd Class George Story was a 20-year-old serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill when it came under attack on May 11, 1945. The ship was supporting the invasion of Okinawa when it was struck twice by kamikazes — Japanese pilots who sacrificed their lives by crashing their…

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2LT Thomas E. Hadley II

Air Force 09 NOV 1951 Korea
Lost: 1952 Found: DEC 2011 Returned: 21 FEB 2012 Location: Lexington, MA

He was a pilot of an F-80C Shooting Star Fighter Interceptor (Aircraft #49-491), with the 36th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 8th Fighter-Bomber Group.  On 9 November 1951, while on a combat mission to bomb Korean re-supply trains, his aircraft received a direct hit by anti-aircraft fire, rolled over and crashed near Kangdong,…

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CPL George D. Hemphill

Army 11 SEP 1944 WWII
Lost: 1944 Found: 2000 Returned: 19 JAN 2013 Location: Rutherfordton, NC

Corporal, Infantry, served with the C Co, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division, 3rd Army.  He was wounded 11 SEP 1944 in France.  His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (BSM), Purple Heart (PH),  Combat Infantryman’s Badge (CIB), World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal,…

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CPL Toulman Y. Freeman

Army 1944 WWII
Lost: 2010 Found: 2012 Returned: 23 JUN 2012 Location: Cullman, AL

Corporal, Infantry, assigned to Anti-Tank Rifle Platoon, Company Alpha, 38th Armored Infantry Battalion (Task Force Fuller), 7th Armored Division. He was wounded in Holland the 4th of NOV 1944 and died in an evacuation hospital (DOW – Died of Wounds), he was just 22 years old. His awards and decorations include…

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PVT Corrado A.G. Piccoli

Army 1944 WWII
Lost: Unknown Found: 15 December 2009 Returned: 07 August 2011 Location: Watertown, NY

  Private, Infantryman, assigned to Company H, 180th Infantry Regiment, which fell under the 45th Infantry Division. Corrado was reported missing in action in the village of Fremifontaine, France, and later reported Killed in Action there on 7 Oct 1944. 100 soldiers lost their lives in Fremifontaine. His awards and…

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