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Long lost Purple Heart

3 years 9 months 1 week ago August 12, 2013 Aug 12, 2013 Monday, August 12 2013 August 12, 2013 6:49 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michael Marsh

BUFFALO, NEW YORK- The family of a man who earned a Purple Heart in World War II will receive the medal after it was almost sold at a Goodwill store. Goodwill employee Richard Zueklke found the medal while unpacking donations and a photo of Pvt. James Roland was with it. Goodwill posted the finds on Facebook and a member of the Patriot Guards motorcycle group picked up the search for Roland. The group found a cousin in Westover, Pennsylvania, Mary Roland Struble, who happens to be the town mayor. The Patriot Guard will present the medal to Struble at Roland's grave site in Westover on Saturday. Pvt. Roland was killed at Anzio, Italy in 1944. How the medal got to Goodwill is still a mystery.

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