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Nearly 70 years later, a Marine holds out hope for long-lost Medal of Honor

With an act of almost unbelievable courage, Arthur J. Jackson took out 12 bunkers and killed almost 50 soldiers in a single savage battle for the South Pacific island of Peleliu in 1945, earning him the Medal of Honor from President Harry Truman.But it stayed in his hands for only a couple weeks. Jackson was in New York to be saluted at a gala event along with several other World Word II Medal of Honor winners and left it on his bed when he went out for the evening. It was the last time he saw it.“I had left my ---damned medal in its box on the bed in the room,” he told Fox News. “And I knew when I got back .... It’s the first thing I looked for – and it was gone.”For 42 years, the medal’s whereabouts remained a mystery. Then, in 1987, it appeared there was a break in the case.Jackson got a call from Harold “Speedy” Wilson, a fellow Medal of Honor recipient. Wilson had been told by a VA administrator in Chester, S.C., that Jackson’s medal was on display at a local TV repair shop.The sh...

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