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Posted: 1/25/2006 9:57:41 AM EDT
Back in Nov or Dec 2004 TJ found a Purple Heart Metal in a Junk store.

I need to get in contact with him about it.

If you can have him get in touch with me or pass on contact info to me, he needs to know about some great news on the metal.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 12:28:48 PM EDT
He use to post over here all the time but I have not seen as many of his posts lately
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 1:04:09 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 1:25:06 PM EDT
DOH, I don't even think of that.

Thanks Paul

AL
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 1:39:49 PM EDT
responded.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 4:21:50 PM EDT
Wow whats scary about this is that I remember his thread about it....
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 7:26:35 PM EDT
TJ,

Back at ya.



Link Posted: 1/25/2006 8:09:00 PM EDT
care to share the story ?
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 10:22:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By exocet:
care to share the story ?

Link Posted: 1/26/2006 4:54:25 AM EDT

Originally Posted By exocet:
care to share the story ?



I found a Purple Heart that belonged to Frank N. Smith who was KIA 12/17/68 in a junk store, so I bought it and returned it to an organizationn that returns them to widows or family of the soldiers.

They found his gravesite in Ohio and is going to be encased and placed at his grave.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 7:32:12 AM EDT
very nice story. Thanks for sharing.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 8:43:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Tactical_Jew:

Originally Posted By exocet:
care to share the story ?



I found a Purple Heart that belonged to Frank N. Smith who was KIA 12/17/68 in a junk store, so I bought it and returned it to an organizationn that returns them to widows or family of the soldiers.

They found his gravesite in Ohio and is going to be encased and placed at his grave.





TJ, there is more to the story then that. Please contact Ray at the MOPH.

Ray Funderburk
National Public Relations Director
Military Order of Purple Heart
665 White Oak Rd
Southaven, MS 38671
(662) 772-5811
(901) 326-5611 cell
mophpr@bellsouth.net



AL
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:48:56 AM EDT

Originally Posted By exocet:
very nice story. Thanks for sharing.



+1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000­,000
Semper Fi
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 12:29:43 PM EDT
very cool story
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 2:01:55 PM EDT
I just wanted the medal returned to its proper owner instead of it being lost again or thrown away.

Now a reporter wants to talk to me.

Link Posted: 1/26/2006 5:40:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2006 6:15:23 PM EDT by Big_Bear]
You My Man are a Hero..... you took the time to go above and beyond, The News is getting ahold of this and wants info on how this all came about.

You found it,
You saved it,
You are the reason it is going to be returned to Frank.
You are the reason a song has be written and being released next month.
Credit is being given where it is due
Not everyone would have done what you did back 2004 for Pfc Frank N. Smith a unknown soldier that was forgotten long ago but will now live on because of you.

Sand a little taller man, it is you that went above and beyond. I Salute you.

Many of us jumped on board to help you get this Metal back to where it belonged, your actions touched my heart and the hearts of this borad and soon it will touch the heart of the USA.

I'm just a old Vet so what do I know, You may have started something with what you did

Edit to add the first email to MOPH by me ;

Need some big help here, the story.

A guy saw, a blue box in a second hand store, in the box is a Purple Heart. He thinks what the.

Then goes back because it just isn't right, he buys the Purple Heart to try and get it to the next of kin. What we know from the back of the Heart is a name and a few of us start digging on the name.

So far we have this;

Frank Norman Smith was born April 04, 1948 Seneca County Ohio, he was Army PFC, Service # 11705019, Tour of Duty began on Jan. 18, 1968, MOS 64A10, he was with the 48th Transportation Group, 7th Transportation BN., 534th Transportation Company (medium), was Married, and a Hostile Ground Casualty form small arms fire (KIA) Dec. 17, 1968 Tay Ninh, South Vietnam, body recovered, Religion Protestant I do have his SSAN also (If it will help).

We are looking for where he is buried, and any family member of his to return the metal to them.

Any help? any idea's where else to look to get the Purple Heart back to family.

You can see what is going on with this work at archive.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=300743

Edited to hotlink to archived thread - Big_Bear
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 6:14:46 PM EDT
You sir, are a good man. I wish more were like you.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 6:40:46 PM EDT
Tactical_Jew, You are the MAN!!
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 8:16:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By KA3B:
Tactical_Jew, You are the MAN!!



+1. Nice to know that people won't let the momories of brave men and women fade.
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