The story of uniting Seattle resident Lynn Hollaman Bryson with her father R.S. Hollaman’s Purple Heart medal began when Lisa A. Dabrowski was perusing yard sales and spotted it, Patch.com reported Thursday.
Dabrowski is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit Number 1 in New York, and thanks to her keen eye, Bryson was presented with the Purple Heart during a recent ceremony in Riverhead, New York.
Images showed the medal framed in a glass case:
The Purple Heart was introduced as the “Badge of Military Merit” by Gen. George Washington in the late 1700s, and is considered the nation’s oldest military award, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
“I want to thank all the folks involved as this magical story unfolded,” Bryson said. “Dad was a kind, loving, gentle, happy man, always smiling. He was a free spirit.”
Her father joined the U.S. Army when he was 19 in 1943 but was injured by shrapnel in the Philippines. He later endured three hip replacements.
Upon his return home in 1945, it was believed the man gave the medal to his mother, who was a Patchogue resident. However, it apparently went missing when she moved.
He passed away in 2010. “Dad never talked about the war. I never knew he got the medal,” Bryson explained.
According to Bryson, “It’s like having my dad back.”
This is an excerpt from Breitbart.
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