Purple Heart at Flea Market Returned to Fallen Soldier's Family
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Mixed in with trinkets was a Purple Heart medal. But what was it doing at a swap meet in Glendale, Arizona, for just anyone to buy?

“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/.

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