EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island family has been reunited with a long-lost Purple Heart.
The medal was award to Staff Sgt. Arnold Haapala, originally from Elmont, who was killed in the invasion of Normandy during World War II.READ MORE: With Injuries Piling Up Across New York City, Mayor De Blasio Is Considering Bicycles Being Required To Have License Plates
A man bought the medal at an estate sale in Connecticut and gave it to his congressman whose staff tracked down Haapala’s family in East Meadow.
“It stands for a man who gave the ultimate — his life — for our country,” Haapala’s niece, Carol Pacifico, told CBS 2.READ MORE: Bronx Man Takes It Upon Himself To Clean Up NYC Park, But City Says Not So Fast
The medal had been held by Haapala’s widow until she recently died and her estate was sold.
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