How can you tell who the Purple Heart was awarded to? Is there a name on it or a serial number or something? What amount of detective work would be needed to return something like this? Is it the same for all medals?
My grandfather was a gunner (I believe) in WW2. He killed a couple of German troops, he had one of their dog tags, his wallet and some of the other stuff he had on him. He felt so bad about it that he tracked down the family of the soldier and mailed them the wallet and dog tags along with a letter apologising. I never met him, heard he was an amazing man though!
One day I was cleaning out a storage area like 20 years ago and came across a few medals. Someone had emptied another storage bin, but left the medals behind.
The medals were from 3 different fronts (Like North African service medal) I cant remember what else, but it stood out to me that he had served on three fronts. That is incredibly rare, even for support troops. And as it was an apartment storage area, I would have known the guy as well. I knew everyone and never knew one of them served on 3 fronts.
I kept them in case the family came back, but eventually some prick stole them.
I still wonder which one of the men was the one who served.
Where did you read this? It’s popping up everywhere in my Facebook feed, and it’s two years old. Two of my aunts have reshared it, and they don’t believe me when I told them it’s been returned!
I went to the family’s Facebook page that found it, and people are offering to help her via replies to a picture of a cactus! As I watched four more people posted replies. It’s getting a massive amount of traffic from somewhere.
“Sold his belongings to goodwill” it doesn’t really work like that.
I question this story
In high school in the late 90’s I was in study hall and a friend of mine pulled out a Purple Heart out of no where. I was shocked, and he said he bought it on eBay for $25. I couldn’t believe it, I was sure he was lying. Lo and behold, he wasn’t. I found that particularly sad, even in my teenage, limited worldview.
My late grandfather’s Silver Star was stolen when our house was broken into back in high school. Is there any way to, if not track down the medal, seek a replacement? Are they tracked/labeled?
He always had it framed in his office - I would like to honor him by hanging it in my own.
My grandfather tossed his right after the war, giving 0 fucks about it. He's passed now for over a decade, & grandma still occasionally talks about this with a bit of anger.
I once found somebody's baby book at Goodwill and was able to track down the owner. It actually got mixed up when moving. It was really touching to see the mother's reaction. She brought her daughter to to see her baby book for the first time too.