WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In honor of Veterans Day 2016, the non-profit organization, Purple Hearts Reunited, will conduct three lost Purple Heart returns in the Washington, D.C. area.
The first return will honor World War I hero, Private First Class Alfred James Lensen, and will occur on 10 November 2016 at 3pm at the American Legion Headquarters located at 1608 K Street NW. PFC Lensen served with Company D, 103rd Engineers, 28th Infantry Division during the Great War. He was “wounded severely” on the French front by receiving a shrapnel wound on his left side under his left shoulder blade. His medal was rescued from eBay and will be returned to his last living family member, his niece, Ms. Nancy Lensen-Tomasson. This return is open to the media.
The second return will honor World War II, Korea, and Vietnam hero, Lieutenant Commander Wallace Graham Murphy, and will occur on 11 November 2016 at 1pm at the Vietnam Wall Memorial as a part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund memorial ceremony. LCDR Murphy served in multiple wars and was highly decorated. In Vietnam, he was the Officer in Charge of Task Force 115, a Mobile Riverine Force who worked directly with special operations conducting surveillance and infiltration missions near Nha Trang. His medals were rescued from a military collector and will be returned to his three daughters, specifically the oldest, Mrs. Bev Smith. This return is open to the public and media.
The third return will honor World War II hero, Private First Class Franklin E. Simpson, and will occur on 11 November 2016 at 3pm at the WWII Memorial. PFC Simpson served with Troop C, 8th Engineer Squadron, 1st Cavalry Division. He was killed in action on 27 February 1945 at Taytay, Luzon Island, in the Philippines. His medals were rescued from a military collector and will be returned to his nephew, Mr. John Mielnik. This return is open to the public and media.
Purple Hearts Reunited, in association with the Military Order of the Purple Heart, is a nonprofit foundation that returns medals of valor to veterans or their families in order to honor their sacrifice to the nation. The organization has returned medals and artifacts to over 200 families and museums.