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WATERTOWN, N.Y. — A Purple Heart medal awarded to a Kansas soldier killed in World War II is being returned to his family after it was found among his widow’s items at a northern New York antique shop.
Capt. Zachariah Fike of the Vermont National Guard, founder of Purple Hearts Reunited, says his mother found Pvt. 1st Class Alvie Leroy Scott’s Purple Heart among items his widow’s family sold after she died last year.
Scott was a paratrooper who was killed in Belgium in January 1945.
His widow, Ester Ella Bates of Watertown, never remarried. Family members who sold her items didn’t know she was married and weren’t familiar with Scott’s name.
Fike contacted Scott’s family in Kansas. His Purple Heart will be returned to Scott’s niece on April 12 at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo.