Pur­ple Heart found on road re­turned to vet­eran’s fam­ily.

The Denver Post - - NEWS -

NYACK, N.Y.» The fam­ily of a World War II vet­eran now has a big piece of his his­tory back.

Demo­cratic Sen. Charles Schumer re­cently re­united the fam­ily of Bernard McNa­mara with his Pur­ple Heart medal. It had been found along a Rock­land County road sev­eral years ago with the in­scrip­tion of “B.J. McNa­mara on De­cem­ber 9, 1943.”

It was turned over to an Amer­i­can Le­gion post, and those who ini­tially searched for the owner dis­cov­ered there were nu­mer­ous men with that name who served in World War II. Schumer’s of­fice be­gan look­ing into the sit­u­a­tion in July and was able to de­ter­mine to whom the medal be­longed.

McNa­mara, a Bronx na­tive, died in 1975. He was wounded dur­ing the war and was held as a pris­oner of war for more than a year by the Nazis af­ter be­ing cap­tured in Italy, ac­cord­ing to records.

Schumer pre­sented the medal to McNa­mara’s son, daugh­ter and grand­chil­dren.

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