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Purple Heart Medal Found at Goodwill in WNY Will Got to WWII Vet's Family

11:04 PM, Aug 13, 2013   |    comments
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A Purple Heart medal that ended up at a western New York Goodwill store will soon be returned to the family of the World War II soldier who earned it.

Goodwill employee Richard Zuehlke (ZOO'-kee) found the medal while unpacking donations in Lockport in June. With it was a photo of Pvt. James Roland.

Goodwill posted both on Facebook, leading a member of the Patriot Guard Riders motorcycle organization to begin searching for Roland's family. She found a cousin - Westover, Pa. Mayor Mary Roland Struble (STROO'-buhl).

Goodwill will give the medal to the Patriot Guard on Tuesday. They'll present it to Struble at Roland's gravesite in Westover on Saturday.

Roland was killed at Anzio, Italy in 1944. He once worked in New York, but how the medal got to Goodwill is a mystery.

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