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Decades later, relatives awarded soldier’s Purple Heart

Robert 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 in a ceremony Sunday at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills. Mathis, who was a Tech 5th Grade in the Army's 36th Combat Engineers, fought in World War II 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 bought it for $100. He officially restored it and returned it to Mathis' family.


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Decades later, relatives awarded soldier’s Purple Heart