Purple Heart left at thrift retailer is returned to the household of a deceased veteran

Teresa Ferrin found Erik Karl Blauberg's Purple Heart while working at Phoenix's Christian Family thrift shop


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“Every time I’ve ever seen [medals] in a Goodwill or something I’m like, ‘Why is this here? This needs to be with the owner,'” Ferrin advised Source.

In this case, that proprietor was Erik Karl Blauberg, a veteran who served within the Korean War, and who died in 1988.

Ferrin nonetheless would not know who introduced the field containing the Purple Heart and different medals into the Christian Family thrift retailer, however she instantly set to work looking for its recipient.

“I looked on the back of the Purple Heart and his name was there,” she mentioned. After some web sleuthing, she was capable of find his grave in an Arizona cemetary. “They said, ‘We can’t help you,’ but there was a crematorium that was associated with this, so I called them, and that lady was able to give me the names of the eight children.”

She then turned to Facebook and was capable of contact two of his kids, together with Lisa Walker.

“I couldn’t thank Teresa enough for this,” Walker advised Source.

All the youngsters had been estranged from their father for years. And though he had contacted them extra close to the tip of his life, they by no means obtained any of his belongings. Blauberg had left his possessions to his physician, making it tough for his kids to get entry to any token of his life.

“My father was in Korea the exact same time that their father was in Korea,” mentioned Ferrin. “And my father has passed away, so Lisa was saying it’s divine intervention because she finally got something from her father.”

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