Soldier’s Purple Heart found at garage sale
SUN PRAIRIE, W.I. (WHDH) -- A heartfelt holiday in one Wisconsin town.
A purple heart that had been missing for years - finally returned to a family after being found in a very unusual place.
On a day where we remember the thousands who have died so that people back home may enjoy the simple things in life and the freedoms so many of us take for granted, the VFW of Sun Prairie honors one man in particular, whose spirit came home seventy years after his death in the form of a purple heart.
"I don't know. It's just unreal,” said Sgt. Alan Foss.
Sgt. Alan Foss came across the medal 15 years ago at a garage sale in Lake Geneva - on sale for three dollars.
"I just sat with it and knew that someday I will find where it goes,” said Sgt. Foss.
After years of searching, he came across a local VFW named in Trapp's honor.
"It’s great to have it done. I knew I had to get it done,” said Sgt. Foss.
Family members were stunned.
"It was really emotional and just wonderful,” said Aggie McCutchin, Trapp’s first cousin.
Trapp received the medal seventy years ago when his B-26 bomber crash-landed off the coast of France.
He was reported killed in action.
The medal was then given to his mother, who died a few years later.
Her possessions were then given to her surviving relatives.
"So, my mother went into the home and she collected pictures...but the Purple Heart was nowhere to be found, until today. I’m just so grateful. I mean, it's like this was meant to be and meant to be today,” said Peg Maginnis, Trapp’s second cousin.
The story soon spread throughout town, giving locals something extra special to celebrate this Memorial Day - bringing a long lost soldier home.
"The purple heart is where it belongs. My mission is complete,” said Sgt. Foss.