TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - An employee knew just what he had when he opened a faded box last month at the Goodwill Store and Donation Center on Houghton Road, south of Golf Links Road in Arizona. It prompted more questions though.
“Did the recipient of the medal give it away?" he wondered about the Purple Heart awarded to a Navy sailor named Nick D’Amelio. "Did their family (give it away), not knowing it was in the box?”
He gave the Purple Heart to a manager and the search began for its rightful owner.
D’Amelio, Jr. enlisted in the Navy and served in World War II. He never made it home to California to receive the Purple Heart he was awarded. He was considered lost at sea on Sept. 6, 1943. The destroyer on which he served was attacked off the coast of Guadalcanal a year earlier.
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