May 20, 2016 11:44 AM
Veteran returns lost Purple Heart, dog tags to fellow vet
WAKEFIELD (AP) — A Vietnam veteran was reunited with his missing Purple Heart and dog tags thanks to the kindness of another veteran.
WMUR-TV reports the items were returned to New Hampshire's Barry Hutchinson on Thursday after he lost them when a box fell out of his truck during the process of moving.
The box was found in Wakefield by Jason Murphy, a medically retired veteran who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Murphy spent a month trying to trace the military honors before seeking the help of Purple Hearts Reunited, a nonprofit whose mission is to return military medals of valor to their owners.
Murphy said it felt amazing to return the Purple Heart. Hutchinson, who earned the honor when he was wounded by a grenade, said everything just "came together."