New burial rules seek to extend Arlington Cemetery lifespan
The proposed new rules restrict in-ground burial to those killed in action, award recipients of the Silver Star and higher who also served in combat, Purple Heart recipients, former prisoners of war, presidents and vice presidents of the U.S., and those who died in combat-related service deaths while conducting uniquely military activities. Exceptions can also be made for veterans with combat service who "also served out of uniform as a government official and made significant contributions to the nation's security at the highest levels of public service."chicagotribune.com
Retired Marine tracks down family to return Purple Heart found in pawn shop
One retired Marine happened upon a Purple Heart belonging to a Houstonian who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Battle off Samar in World War II. In early 2018, the shop acquired the Purple Heart in an estate sale, hoping to prevent the honor from being passed around, and with hopes to reunite the Purple Heart with the sailor's family. "Purple Heart medals frequently have a name of the recipient on the backside ... this one did," Patterson said. "Nice to meet you," Patterson said to Cody Chelakis, who came to the Wright Pawn and Jewelry shop to receive the Purple Heart Thursday. However, the Purple Heart gave comfort to the Chelakis family, who did not know a lot about this history.
Arizona Goodwill store finds WWII sailor's Purple Heart
An associate sorting donations at a Goodwill in Tuscon, Arizona, came across a Purple Heart medal in a box of housewares. (CNN) - An associate sorting donations at a Goodwill in Tuscon, Arizona, came across a Purple Heart medal in a box of housewares. He was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously. The Purple Heart is given to US service members who are wounded or killed in combat. In 2016, another Purple Heart was accidentally donated to a Goodwill in Arizona and with the help of social media it was reunited with the service member's family in Missouri.
Purple Heart awarded to 89-year-old WWII veteran
Purple Heart awarded to 89-year-old WWII veteran World War II veteran Richard Faulkner, 89, was given a Purple Heart at a ceremony in upstate New York 70 years in the making. Faulkner was the sole survivor of a combat crash in France in 1944 that left him behind enemy lines. Jim Axelrod reports.cbsnews.com