The Purple Heart spotted at the baggage claim.
A Purple Heart is running around on a baggage claim at a California airport attracted the attention of a veteran, sparking a social media campaign, who finally got the medal for the hero of the family on Tuesday.
The coin was not in a case, but a name was inscribed: Army Infantryman Miguel A. Perez Loubriel.
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“He died on the 23-year-old in the line of duty, the Korean War, in 1952,” Sonoma County Airport Marketing Specialist Gina Stocker told Fox 2.
“The person who found it is a veteran, and we have two other veterans who work for us,” Airport Operations Supervisor Matt Yeager said. “That person served in our country and a veteran, I understand and appreciate that interest.”
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Airport staff immediately got to work tracking down the soldier’s family after spotting the medal two weeks ago. Stocker is the word on the social media, getting more than 100,000 hits on Facebook.
Finally, the soldier, the family stepped forward. His daughter, Leyda Aviles, said that they would keep the coin with her every day, KGO reported.
“I am grateful that I have all the way to heaven, because you are not the things to find, such as that every day,” Aviles said. She said that she did not know how the Purple Heart got out of a box with other medals.
Aviles also said that her father died on the day she was born. He had enrolled for only 10 months, Fox 2 is added.
Attached to the medal was a picture of a list with other Puerto Ricans who died fighting in the Korean War for the US.
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