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  1. #41
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    Ann of RonandAnn left to venture TNet on her own as LadyDigger!

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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    Wish I had seen this post when it was first posted...anyways...

    this surname is not an easy one to search for in ancestry...the only item I could come up with is attached.

    Hope it helps...did you ever locate family on this medal?
    Annmarie
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    Ron - Professional Printer, Fishing, Diving, Asst Scoutmaster Troop 65
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  3. #42

    Jun 2006
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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    This is interesting(but maybe a long shot! as some were made with and without it) but if you look on the side of the medal towards the bottom left hand point there may be an issue number that may help in tracking the recipient.

  4. #43
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    Apr 2006
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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    Go to your local library, or the nearest library, where they have microfilmed newspaper archives. If he was KIA then I am sure his hometown rag would have had an article about him, and maybe even a picture.

    Keep trying to find a relative. Something like this would be wonderful to give back and good karma will pay you back double.

    UPDATE: There is a Leo J. Amolini that was KIA while serving with the 413th Regiment, 104th Infantry Division.
    http://timberwolf104.tripod.com/memorial1.html
    And a page about the 104th: http://www.104infdiv.org/

  5. #44
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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    Thanks alot everyone,

    I didn't want to let the cat out of the bag just yet. But I did however sucessfully give the medal back.

    It is an amazing story. I wanted to save it for W&E magazine. I can't explain the whole story right now. But it is a amazing one. I have it on my desk top all ready to be sent in. I have just been so busy I haven't done so yet.

    It is probably been close to a yr now since it was returned. The family was so pleased to have it back I can't even begin to tell you all.

    Maybe I should get this one finished and off to the mag. This guy really deserves his story to be out there.

    Thanks for all the support on this one everyone.

    HH Jer

  6. #45
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    Ann of RonandAnn left to venture TNet on her own as LadyDigger!

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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    That's wonderful you were able to return it....can't wait to read about it in an upcoming issue of W&E (I now subscribe to it ). I can wait for the issue...will keep me in suspense

    Congrats!
    Annmarie
    Ron - Professional Printer, Fishing, Diving, Asst Scoutmaster Troop 65
    Proud parent of 1 daughter and 2 sons!!!

  7. #46
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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    JerDfx:
    Great story; just read the entire thread--for the first time--gave me 'goosebumps'. Great find, great research and 'priceless' reward in giving it back to the recipients famiy. I, too, look forward to the story. Perhaps you could place it on this thread after it's published.
    Don.....
    USAF Operating Room Tech
    1963-1969

  8. #47
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    Jan 2007
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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    What a great story. I am, as I am sure we all are, very proud of you!
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  9. #48
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    Oldest Coin Found is a 1853 Seated Liberty Half Dime

    Jul 2007
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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    A neat find, and very unusual.

    My take on this matter, is that your guy was probably killed in action, and had a military funeral, and the medal would have been given to his wife or mother or some other relative at the time he was buried. One of his kids probably lost it some time later while playing with it. Just a wild hunch, but makes sense.

  10. #49
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    Ed

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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    Great Post!!! All the way from the beggining to the end. Thank you Jeremy for sharing it. That's truly a find of a lifetime

  11. #50
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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    WWI started in 1917. If the man was KIA then the metal would have been presented to his next of kin. I'd bet you some kid, maybe his son, grandson, etc, got his hands on it and pinned it on himself and went out to play.

    Ken
    I'm the friend a friend would like to have.

  12. #51
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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    Great stuff, Jer. What a great feeling it must have been when you located his family.

    I hope you got pictures of the event. 8)

  13. #52

    Sep 2005
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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    This man was killed in action in WWII and the medal was forwarded to his next of kin by the war department. Generally WWII purple hearts are not named unless the man was KIA. This is not a hard and fast rule but is the general rule. WWI veterans who were wounded in action or killed in action were also awarded the purple heart when in was authorized in the 1930s, these are usually named.

  14. #53
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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    So where is the story? W&ET? Whiteselectronics.com? What happened Jer? Send in that story! I want to read it.
    Never underestimate the stupidity of people.

  15. #54
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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    Sorry guys,

    It's still not out yet. I feal really selfish not sending this story in. It is already done. It's been proof read and everything. Now the hard and time consuming part. Putting it all together for publication. It can take some hrs to get done.

    Anyone who has submited a story to W&E knows how they want things done. Pics burned to disc. Everything printed all up ect....

    I will get it out here soon. Maybe next week. I have some time off from work. Sorry to keep you all in suspence.

    HH Jer

  16. #55
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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    I'm subscribing to this one!

  17. #56
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    May 2006
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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    I also gotta subscribe.

    Kept in suspense.

    Hoose

  18. #57
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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    According to the VA website he was buried at Arlington National Cemetary

    AMOLINI, LEO J
    ILLEG
    DATE OF DEATH: 04/12/1945
    BURIED AT: SECTION 12 SITE 7077
    ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
    C/O DIRECTOR ARLINGTON, VA 22211
    (703) 607-8000

  19. #58
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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    Wow what a great story. Can't wait to read the whole thing. Can only imagine how emotional a reunion it must have been for the family.

    Cheers to you JerDfx

  20. #59

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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    Cool story...not least for all the input various people have had in advancing it.We can wait another few months to read the full story in print.It's been a couple of years,what's another few months .

  21. #60
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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    That's awesome Jer! I will be looking for the story in W&E however, if you get it to them within a few weeks it will still take a few months to get published. I did the same thing with my gold coin, did a write up, had the coin tested for authenticity and just did not send it in. HH, Mike

 

 
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