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After 76 Years, a D-Day Hero's Long-Lost Purple Heart Returns to His Family

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After 76 Years, a D-Day Hero's Long-Lost Purple Heart Returns to His Family
 
19 Sep 2020
Bangor Daily News, Maine | By Troy R. Bennett

PORTLAND, Maine -- There are plenty of battlefield relics inside the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6859 on Forest Avenue. In the lounge, behind a couple tables, a lighted display case shows off combat-captured bayonets. A Nazi flag and a Japanese sword sit silent, behind glass, in a trophy case near the seldom-used front door. Someone recently donated a foot-thick scrapbook with World War II-era newspaper clippings pasted, edge-to-edge, on both sides of each yellowed page.

Looking through some of these wartime artifacts in 2014, Post Commander Joel Demers stumbled on a mystery that would take six years to unravel. In seeing it through, Demers reunited a long-lost Purple Heart with a family that had spent decades searching for the medal. He also helped that family honor and remember a man they knew was a hero -- and still grieved for -- but never knew.

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/09/19/after-76-years-d-day-heros-long-lost-purple-heart-returns-his-family.html

Smokin Joe:
Good story, thanks!

Gefn:

--- Quote from: Smokin Joe on September 20, 2020, 06:53:33 AM ---Good story, thanks!

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