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Purple Heart makes journey home to Clearfield Co.

WESTOVER, Pa. A special delivery Saturday afternoon in Clearfield County reunites a Purple Heart medal and the surviving family of its recipient.  

The distinguished medal was discovered in a Goodwill store in New York.

The remarkable find comes nearly seven decades after the recipient of that Purple Heart was killed in the line of duty.  James Roland died in Italy in 1944.

They dont just give the Purple Heart to anybody. You have to do something extraordinary and he did, he gave his life for his country, said family member Mary Roland-Struble.

Its not clear how the medal got in a box at the Goodwill store, but it was found by Richard Zuehlke.  With the help of Facebook postings, Goodwill, Zuehlke and the Patriot Guard Riders were able to locate Strubles surviving family in Westover.

Patriot Guard members traveled hundreds of miles to deliver the prestigious medal to the Westover Baptist Church cemetery where Roland is buried.    

Zuehlke attended the ceremony, handing the Purple Heart over to the Roland family.

 
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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times

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