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  1. #1
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    Purple Heart Award

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    Hi guys don't know if I should put this one up here but anyways. I found this 3 yrs ago at my grandmother's house circa 1905. It was found in the back yard of the house were an old shed used to be many years ago. I also did some research on the area's history right. Her next door neighbor housed the first plumbing buisness in the area around 1900. There was a small set up in there backyard before the house was built. But through old pictures I estimated that I found this target about 20 ft away from the actual shop. Don't know if it was from the guy who owned the house before my grandmother. Or was it the guys who housed the plumbing buisness. Or was it lost by someone when the neighbors house was put up about the same time of 1905. I think it's a rare find. Don't think I'll come across any more purple hearts. I don't know if it's ww1 or ww2. The guys name is on the back but I couldn't find him in the government records. Hope you relic guys enjoy this one.

    Good Luck HH Jeremy.
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  3. #2

    Jul 2004
    North East Georgia Mountains
    265

    Re: Purple Heart Award

    Jer,

    If you don't mind doing so you should post the name and the town where it was located, there may be someone on here that can be of additional help in tracking down the family. Excellent find that could turn into quite a story if it could be returned.

    Regards,

    Kevin
    USN '91-'95
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  4. #3

    Jun 2004
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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    Very nice find Jeremy, some kid more then likely took it out of the house and lost it.I would continue my reasearch for other faimley members.nice job.HH

  5. #4

    Jun 2004
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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    HIT POST BEFOR SPELL CHECK

  6. #5
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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    Thanks guys. Yeah I know. It could turn out to be some type of mystery story solved if I could locate the family. I live in Pittsburgh P.A. That is were the item was found. The guys name on the back is Leo J Amolini. If anyone needs additional info I have no problems. Hope this helps some. If anyone brings his name up on file or records let me know. Take care guy's Jeremy

  7. #6

    Feb 2005
    Southeastern Pa.
    269

    Re: Purple Heart Award

    Hi Jer.........

    I found a Leo Amolini on Google from Allegheny Conty who was KIA during WW2.

    root

  8. #7

    Jul 2004
    North East Georgia Mountains
    265

    Re: Purple Heart Award

    Good find, I just found the same info.? Here's the link:

    http://www.carnegielibrary.org/locat.../armylist.html


    I also found a hit on another site that gives the name and year of death as 1945.
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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    Hi Guys, Yeah that would be it. I live in allegheny co. That's his name. So I'm assuming he served in ww2. There is a good chance he is still alive today. Makes alot of sence. Grandmother bought the house in the 60's I think. She mentioned that the name sounded familar and she thought that that's who lived there before her. Now just to figure out how you would track someone down. Do I head to the phone book and just start calling people. Or is there a easier way to locate someone. Anyways thanks you guys who took the time to bring up that info for me. I'll keep you posted on if I can make any family contacts.

    Take care Jeremy

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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    If I'm not Mistaken ROOT said KIA & I believe that means no he isn't alive, but His Family Would be.? BY THE WAY ; I'd start with the Phone Book, Call & ask if they Knew Him. Cool Find, Good Luck,;jeff

  11. #10
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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    Sorry guys I didn't realize Kia. So I guess the only thing I could do is give it back to the family or maybe he had a son or something who would cherish it if I found them. I thought you only received these awards if you were wounded and lived. Or if you got killed did they just award your family your stuff. It's interesting to know. Thanks you guys are sharp on this forum when it comes down to identification. I'm going to be spending some more time here getting more familiar with the web site. Take care guys bye.

  12. #11

    Oct 2004
    Knightdale, NC
    93

    Re: Purple Heart Award

    Jer,
    It is possible that he was injured during WWII and was awarded the purple heart and after he was KIA his belongings were sent to his spouse.

  13. #12

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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    that's a great find.
    If you wish to return item to a family member - contact me via private message.
    I have a name, address, and phone # of possible relative. They are in correct
    area. May or may not be related to deceased. Up to you...
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  14. #13

    Dec 2004
    Down in the pit
    Garrett 350 GTA
    360

    Re: Purple Heart Award

    Quote Originally Posted by JerDfx
    Sorry guys I didn't realize Kia. So I guess the only thing I could do is give it back to the family or maybe he had a son or something who would cherish it if I found them. I thought you only received these awards if you were wounded and lived. Or if you got killed did they just award your family your stuff. It's interesting to know. Thanks you guys are sharp on this forum when it comes down to identification. I'm going to be spending some more time here getting more familiar with the web site. Take care guys bye.
    There's another possibility. There might have been a Leo Amolini who was killed during WWII without receiving a Purple Heart, but had a son who fought in Korea or Vietnam, and was wounded. Also, the Leo Amolini from WWII might have received several Purple Hearts, especially if he fought in the Ardenne (Battle of the Bulge) or in the South Pacific, and was killed later. Many servicemen were transferred to the Pacific theater after the Nazis were defeated. He may have survived Europe, but not the Japanese.
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  15. #14
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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    Wow there could be so many possibilities to this one. You guys are alot older than I am and know more about this stuff. I'm just a ripe 23 so I know alot of you have to have a good 20 yrs on me. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with me on this one. Ocean I will contact you through private message. Thanks for coming up with that info. Take care Guys.

    HH Jeremy

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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    Good Luck. I admire you for returning it to his family. It's the right thing to do. I'm sure his family will be thankful.

  17. #16
    SonjaMarie

    Re: Purple Heart Award

    This kind of thing is fascinating, please let us know if you find him or his family, and how the story ends or doesn't.

    Sonja Marie

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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    I'll keep all of you guys posted on the progress of this one. I have had it for 3 yrs now and haven't done anything yet. I'm so busy with 2 younge kids and everything else that extra time is hard to come by. Thanks to all who have shown interest in this item.

    Good Luck HH Jeremy

  19. #18
    tank

    Re: Purple Heart Award

    kia= killed in action. ph would be awarded posthumously if appropriate( killed in combat) have a friend with 13 ph awards in european theater and he still drinks like a fish at 84!!

  20. #19
    RDR2005

    Re: Purple Heart Award


    Just my thoughts : Probably didn't have children as he was PFC private first class . but you never know,
    I would check public/county records with that last name, or put his name in a genealogy web site,something may show up that way .
    nice find, hope you find the family, I know they would love to have this back.
    Raymond [ Texas ]

  21. #20
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    Re: Purple Heart Award

    Yeah I would think it would be an important piece of family history. I won't solve this one over night but you guys have been great on the info.

    Thanks again Jer

 

 
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