“Forty dollars,” the vendor said.
“I got $20 on me right now,” Matthew Carlson said. “I’ll give it to you right now.”
At least, the Vietnam veteran told himself, he wouldn’t have to “see it hanging on the shirt of some kid going to a rave party or something like that.”
Who did it belong to? The answer was engraved on the back of the medal: “For Military Merit, Clarence M. Merriott.”
Read more at https://www.cnn.com/2013/11/11/us/journey-purple-heart/.