Purple Heart medals await their return to their owners after being recovered by the nonprofit organization Purple Hearts Reunited. SARAH MATTISON/U.S. AIR NATIONAL GUARD
Purple Heart medals await their return to their owners after being recovered by the nonprofit organization Purple Hearts Reunited. SARAH MATTISON/U.S. AIR NATIONAL GUARD

Purple Hearts found: Families of fallen servicemembers are reunited with lost medals

by Carlos M. Vazquez II
Stars and Stripes

Families of warriors who were injured or died while serving during World War II and Vietnam were reunited with lost Purple Heart medals on a day dedicated to the U.S. military’s oldest award during a ceremony in New York.

The nonprofit foundation Purple Hearts Reunited returned the medals, which included a misplaced Navy Cross, during a ceremony Wednesday at the New York City Fire Museum.

“Every medal and every military item we have returned is different and has a unique story,” Vermont Army National Guard Capt. Jessica Jaggars, operations director for Purple Hearts Reunited, told Stars and Stripes in an email.

Past items the organization has returned to servicemembers and their families have been found in locations such as Broadway shows, within furniture and buried in backyards, Jaggars said.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.594063

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