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A long lost purple heart has found its way back to the family of -- World War II airman who died in combat.
His widow remarried and her second husband's children ended up at the awards they recently sent them to a man who devotes hours.
Of his own time.
And money to return lost medals to the families of fallen heroes.
Yes I give you -- -- medals.
Clive McDonnell took a long look at the medals the military awarded his uncle seven decades ago.
A veteran himself he traveled from South Carolina to accept them in a ceremony -- his uncle's grave site near Boston.
I'm overwhelmed I can't say that enough.
Look forward to take emotionally.
Have a wall.
In my -- we've all my stuff on it.
And that's going to go right up there decided.
So ever was -- older brother younger and younger and younger so the younger brother showed up the older brother -- okay.
The man who made it happen -- -- fight.
A captain in the Vermont army National Guard he's done this before.
This was the last tangible item that a -- -- ever received and they cherish these reports over the past two years -- says he's returned more than sixty lost metals through a nonprofit he started called purple hearts reunited.
I'm full time army captain -- I work my job nine to five.
And then -- night -- -- enough for two or three hours researching my own time.
He works out of a small space in his home near Burlington Vermont the first I don't see the -- -- turn over and in this case it's a great the name George W and the rule.
He tells us he's currently trying to track down the owners of about 100 metals through simple Internet searches and basic detective work.
I'm able to find you know who he was where it was from where -- was born who his family was.
And Trace it back to a specific to submit.
As more people hear about his efforts he says metals are now showing up in the mail.
Which one would you like to see his brother but he also purchase as many of them himself.
He's a regular at nearby antique stores it's kind of how the solve that started.
And my mom for Christmas in 2009.
Bought a purple heart out of an antique shop 300 dollars.
And I knew exactly what it was -- open it up and I knew it didn't belong to me and a year later returned it to him.
It was during that year captain -- earned his own purple heart after a rocket attack injured him in Afghanistan.
He doesn't like to talk about that instead he focuses on the -- -- who sacrificing honors today.
That's the greatest calling anybody can answer.
And we should raise these people on a pedestal and thank them for their service forever.
Since the military established the purple heart of -- 1930s it's awarded the medal to some one point eight million service members and thanks to this man.
Dozens of metal.
It's an outback where they belong I read his -- Yeah and I know what he's done.
I get an opportunity to -- honor these men who gave so much for us and our country analysis sacrificed their life.
And to see how much it impacts the family to get the -- that means the world to me.
Captain fight the says some of those lost purple hearts may be stolen.
But that many are simply -- placed over time and as we mentioned.
He's mostly spending his own money on all of this although he is trying to raise some funds and if you would like to help here's how you can't.
You can go to his website link to it through hours at foxnews.com.
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