Purple Heart of soldier killed in WWII being returned
A Purple Heart medal posthumously awarded to a northern new York soldier killed during World War II is being returned to his family.
Vermont-based Purple Hearts Reunited says it was returning two World War I Purple Hearts earlier this year at the Jefferson County Historical Society in Watertown when he was told the organization had four other Purple Hearts in its safe.
One of the medals had been awarded posthumously to Technician Edward Lamoureaux, who was born in St. Lawrence County. He was serving in an Army tank unit when he was killed in action in Luxembourg in September 1944. His remains were never recovered.
Lamoureaux’s Purple Heart will be presented to his niece, Nancy Cleveland of Oneida County, during a ceremony Friday afternoon at the VFW post in Lowville in Lewis County.