February 2

Vermont woman returning Purple Heart medal to Maine family

The medal belonged to the late Pfc. Frank E. Conroy, who was injured in World War I and lived in Portland after the war.

The Associated Press

PITTSFIELD — A Purple Heart medal awarded to a soldier injured in World War I is being returned to his family in Maine.

Sheila Bedi of Vershire, Vt., found the medal belonging to the late Pfc. Frank E. Conroy after a relative passed away. She plans to travel Sunday to Pittsfield to give the medal to Conroy’s cousin.

Conroy – who was wounded in France – lived in Portland after the war. He was born in 1894 in Lynn, Mass., and enlisted into the Army in Syracuse, N.Y.

Vermont-based Purple Hearts Reunited assisted in locating Conroy’s surviving family. The nonprofit locates lost or stolen military medals and returns them to veterans or their families.

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