Vietnam veteran reunited with lost Purple Heart, thanks to fellow veteran and his dog

A Vietnam veteran was reunited with his war medals after they were stumbled upon by another veteran.

(Morgan Hill Police Department)

A Vietnam veteran did not even know that his Purple Heart and Navy corpsman medal to miss – until he got a call from the Morgan Hill Police Department in California.

Jeffrey Simon, 75, said that if he had known of the medals were lost: “I probably would’ve freaked out.”

But they were found before he knew it they were gone thanks to another veteran, who discovered them while he walked with his dog.

Morgan Hill police said in a Facebook post that the medals were found, together with the military administration, in Morgan Hill, located about 75 miles south of San Francisco.

“Someone is sure to miss out today, they just may not realize it yet,” said the police.

Authorities say that the medals were in a leather bag that was laid on top of a vehicle for the drive from the hotel. The man holding the bag, Lenny Kurtz, told KPIX-TV he would have missed the bag were it not for his dogs.

“Sometimes, things happen that are just meant to be,” said Kurtz, who also happens to be a Vietnam veteran.

Lenny Kurtz and Jeffrey Simon pose with their war medals after Simon was reunited with his lost Purple Heart.

(Morgan Hill Police Department)


Kurtz, who also has an Army Corpsman medal for his service, turned the items in to the police.

They were finally able to contact with Simon.

“Is that they are missing, I would have gone crazy looking for them, because I asked the gal that she wrapped, I asked her today, ‘Where did you get that?’ And she said: “I don’t know, someone grabbed it and put it in the truck,'” he told the tv station.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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