A Purple Heart that was lost by a Korean War soldier has finally been returned to the soldier’s family after a North Carolina woman found it at a yard sale.
Kimberly Paller discovered the military medal in a box of books she bought last fall for $20.
She did some research and found out that it was awarded to First Lt. Henry Schenk. He died in the Korean War and his body was never recovered.
Actor and author James McEachin fought in the war with Schenk and he spoke about his fallen comrade’s bravery at a return ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.
“Had it not been for Schenk though, I would have been just plain destroyed,” McEachin said. “He was the bravest man that I ever saw or for that matter ever will see.”
The soldier's family says the whole experience has been overwhelming. They say they will carry this memory with them forever.
Besides being a Purple Heart recipient, Schenk was also the recipient of 10 other military decorations.
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