January 30

Vermont woman returning medal to Maine family

Frank E. Conroy was wounded fighting in France in World War I, and his Purple Heart had disappeared.

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 an uncle passed away. She plans to join Vermont National Guard Capt. Zachariah Fike in traveling to Pittsfield, Maine, on Sunday to give the medal to Conroy’s cousin. The event was originally planned for Thursday.

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

Fike is the founder of Purple Hearts Reunited, who assisted in locating Conroy’s surviving family. The nonprofit locates lost or stolen military medals and returns them to veterans or their families.

Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors




Further Discussion

Here at KJonline.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)