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NORMAN, Okla. – A 75-year-old Oklahoma man received a surprising phone call when his uncle’s Purple Heart turned up at a Goodwill in Tucson, Ariz.
Second Lt. Frederick Delahunt was killed in action during World War II, NBC affiliate KVOA reports.
Somehow, his Purple Heart was discovered in a box of donations at a Tucson Goodwill last week.
When Goodwill found the medal, the company teamed up with Purple Hearts Reunited to track down 2nd Lt. Delahunt’s family.
Monday night, Delahunt’s nephew, 75-year-old Gary Rawlinson, was shocked when he received a call from the organization.
“It was very surprising to me. I didn’t know him or have any opportunity to know him,” said Rawlinson, who resides in Norman. “I, of course, know his sister. [She] was my aunt, married to my dad’s brother.”
According to KVOA, Delahunt’s sister, Kittie Anne, lived in Tucson, but she is now deceased.
Rawlinson said that he is grateful Goodwill and the Purple Hearts Reunited reached out to him.
The Norman man said he is excited to receive the medal and looking forward to learning more about the uncle he never got a chance to know.
Rawlinson told KVOA that he plans to display the medal at Marshall University, where 2nd Lt. Delahunt was commissioned.
— KVOA News 4 Tucson (@KVOA) October 19, 2016