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Purple Hearts of 2 veterans being returned

Jan. 8, 2014 - 11:07AM   |  
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CHARLESTON, S.C. — Two Purple Hearts belonging to World War II veterans are being returned to their families in South Carolina.

A group based in Vermont called Purple Hearts Reunited works to return the missing medals.

The first ceremony on Wednesday is in North Myrtle Beach where a Purple Heart found last month during a house renovation in Conway will be returned to the family of Army Tech. Sgt. Odell Holden who was killed in the war.

A second ceremony is being held in Summerville at the home of Joan Bilsback. She will be presented the Purple Heart awarded to her uncle, Army Pvt. Robert Lamar Swinson, who fought in the war and died in 1985. His medal was found by a Fulton County, Ga., resident.

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