Purple Heart returned to soldier's family 70 years after death

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 11:47am

A Purple Heart that has been missing for years has finally been returned to a Wisconsin family.

The soldier who earned it, Otto Trapp, died 70 years ago.

On a day where we remember the thousands who have died so that people back home may enjoy the simple things in life and the freedoms so many of us take for granted, the VFW of Sun Prairie honors one man in particular, whose spirit came home 70 years after his death in the form of a Purple Heart.

Sgt. Alan Foss came across the medal 15 years ago at a garage sale in lake geneva on sale for three dollars.

After years of searching, he came across a local VFW named in Trapp's honor.

Family members were stunned.

Trapp received the medal 70 years ago when his B26 bomber crash-landed off the coast of France.

He was reported killed in action.

The medal was then given to his mother, who died a few years later.

Her possession were then given to her surviving relatives, but the Purple Heart was nowhere to be found, until today.

The story soon spread throughout town, giving locals something extra special to celebrate this Memorial Day, bringing a long lost soldier home.

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