Kansas family finally gets WWII medals

Kansas family finally gets WWII medals

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MOUNT VERNON, VA - JUNE 10: U.S. Army Sgt. Sean P. Karpf stands with his recently awarded Purple Heart during a ceremony at Mount Vernon June 10, 2013 in Mount Vernon, Virginia. The U.S. Army celebrated its 238th birthday at the home of George Washington with a ceremony that included the awarding of the Purple Heart for three soldiers wounded in Afghanistan. Karpf received his injuries from an IED in Kandahar on June 15,, 2012. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

AP

Posted on April 12, 2014 at 11:48 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Purple Heart medal and other items belonging to a Kansas soldier killed in World War II has been returned to his family.

Purple Hearts Reunited presented the medal awarded decades ago to PFC Alvie Leroy Scott to his niece, Mary Strotkamp, during a ceremony Saturday at the Liberty Memorial.

Scott, who was born in Harvey County, Kan., was serving with the 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division, when he was killed Jan. 24, 1945, during battle in Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, and also had been awarded several other honors, including the Bronze Star.

Scott’s medals were found at an antique store in New York. Vermont-based Purple Hearts Reunited bought the medals and other items and returned them to Strotkamp, who lives in Centralia, Kan. 

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