It was a touching scene at the annual Fourth of July Blast at the Jacobus Community Park earlier today, when a World War II veteran had his lost medals restored to him in a special ceremony.
Sam Crane, who served as a Private First Class with the F Company, 113th Calvary (Mechanized) during campaigns in Africa, Normandy, Northern France and the Rheinland Campaign, earned an American Theater Service Medal, a Victory Medal, a European, African and Middle Eastern Campaign medal and a Good Conduct Medal in addition to the Purple Heart he was awarded after being wounded in Holland.
But those medals and his Purple Heart certificate were destroyed in a fire at his Loganville home years after his service had ended.
Years later, Crane mentioned the loss of his medals to a friend, Don Robertson, over coffee at a Rutter’s Market, according to Pennsylvania State Rep. Kristen Phillips-Hill, who shared the story at the ceremony.
“Sam Crane is just a well-respected member of our community, and everybody knows him. Mr. Robertson came up to the district office, and he shared Mr. Crane’s story with us,” said Phillips-Hill. “And he said, ‘We need to get those medals back for him.'”
“If we would have told him we were doing this, he would have said ‘no way,'” said Robertson.