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Decades later, relatives awarded soldier’s Purple Heart

Mathis' nieces Gloria Zeitak, left, and Faye Menczer Ascher, and grand niece Allyse Denmark accept the restored purple heart and certificate from Lt. Col. Matthew Yandura, who discovered it in an antique shop in Jerusalem and had to buy it back for the family for $100. During this Veteran's Day weekend, military officials and the family of Robert Mathis gather for a Purple Heart Reuniting Ceremony at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan on November 13, 2016. Mathis, who was a Tech 5th Grade in the Army's 36th Combat Engineers, fought in WWII where he was killed in action in Anzio, Italy. Years later his purple heart certificate wound up in an antique shop in Jerusalem where it was recovered by Lt. Col. Matthew Yandura, who officially restored and returned it to Mathis' family in the ceremony today.

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Decades later, relatives awarded soldier’s Purple Heart