Sign in to comment!

Menu
Home

MILITARY

90-year-old veteran to reclaim Purple Heart earned in WWII

A North Carolina man who mailed his Purple Heart home from France almost 70 years ago is getting it back in a ceremony in Rutherfordton.

Ninety-year-old George Hemphill will reclaim the Purple Heart he earned during World War II in France at a ceremony Sunday. He mailed it home and assumed it was in a box of his medals that he didn't open.

A Florida man bought it in an antiques store in Columbia, S.C., in 2000 and held on to it. His friend found Purple Hearts Reunited, a Vermont organization run by Capt. Zachariah Fike. Fike tracked down Hemphill, who also will get a Bronze Star in Sunday's ceremony.

Hemphill says he's flabbergasted that so many people worked to reunite him with his Purple Heart.

Bank Rates

Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
30 Y Fixed Graph 3.77% up 3.73%  
15 Y Fixed Graph 2.95% up 2.93%  
30 Y Fixed Jumbo Graph 4.01% up 3.89%  
5/1 ARM Graph 3.01% dw 3.03%  
5/1 Jumbo ARM Graph 3.62% up 3.14%  
Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
$30K HELOC Graph 4.61% up 4.59%  
$50K HELOC Graph 4.08% dw 4.09%  
$30K Loan Graph 4.87% -- 4.87%  
$50K Loan Graph 4.32% dw 4.33%  
$75K Loan Graph 4.32% dw 4.33%  
Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
36 M New Graph 2.67% dw 2.69%  
36 M Used Graph 3.12% dw 3.15%  
48 M New Graph 2.91% dw 2.93%  
48 M Used Graph 2.75% -- 2.75%  
60 M New Graph 3.06% dw 3.08%  
Loan Type Graph Yield +/- Last Week
6 month Graph 0.36% dw 0.37%  
1 yr Graph 0.65% dw 0.67%  
5 yr Graph 1.43% dw 1.47%