Students reunite Purple Heart Medal with family after disapperaring for decades

Ceremony for family's reunion with long lost medal

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - In a small classroom at Bakersfield High School Ken Hooper uncovers some of history's mysteries with the help of his archiving class.

It may feel like a normal day for Hooper's students, but Tuesday afternoon they will return a priceless piece of history to the Monroe family from Tulare.

"I'm going to be so happy that I could help their family get back what belongs to them" explained BHS Senior Jenna Sims, the student in charge of the project.

The Monroe family lost the Purple Heart their uncle Norval Monroe died for while fighting in France during World War II, almost 70 years ago.

Tuesday's ceremony is scheduled for Kern Veterans Memorial Wall of Valor at 3pm, a far cry from where Sims said this search started.

"A guy found it in a dumpster and hawked it to a pawn shop" Sims said.

This is already the second Purple Heart the class has returned to it's rightful place this year.





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