WWI Vet's Lost Purple Heart Given to 92-year-old Daughter
DUNMORE, Pa. (AP) — A World War I veteran's long-lost Purple Heart has been returned to his 92-year-old daughter in Pennsylvania. Clarence Singer's medal was located by a group that seeks to reunite lost Purple Hearts with service members or their descendants. Zachariah Fike, of the Vermont-based Purple Hearts Reunited, hopes to return 100 medals earned in World War I by next April. That's the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into the conflict. Fike says Singer's surviving daughter, Edith Tomko, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were on hand Sunday to receive the medal in Dunmore. Singer enlisted in the Army in June 1917. He was severely wounded by gassing in France and was honorably discharged in 1919. He died in 1977 at age 79. Fike's group found the medal online through a collector.