A Purple Heart medal has been returned to relatives of World War II Staff Sergeant Bernard J. McNamara after a long search for the rightful owner of the military honor. The medal was found on the road in Nyack, New York about a decade ago by Joseph “Dusty” Ridlon and it’s taken a while to find out whose it was.
Ridlon had no luck finding the owner on his own, so he tucked the Purple Heart into a box and recently rediscovered it, so he passed on to a friend, Anthony DelRegno, a former Navy corpsman. DelRegno got help from military historians and Senator Charles Schumer’s office to track down McNamara’s family.
The war hero passed away in 1975, but his relatives were thrilled to get his medal.“To have this Purple Heart returned to us after so many years is incredibly special,” says Matthew Birong, McNamara’s grandson. “This was a piece of who my grandfather truly was.”
Source: Fox News