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Family gets Purple Heart after 70 years

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - It was preserved and kept for more than 70 years, and now, a Purple Heart is given to its owner's family in eastern Iowa.

Luella Harms, Harold Meier and Millie Dankenbring remember their brother, Eldo, as a hard worker. The three siblings say he was a good kid; always attended school and helped his dad at the local creamery.

Eldo Meier died fighting in World War II in 1943, serving overseas in the Army. When Meier died, a Purple Heart was sent to his wife at the time; she re-married, but couldn't bear to part with it. The medal remained safe in its original casing.

She re-married, and later had two daughters, Diana and Joann. The sisters recently embarked on a mission to find Meier's family.

"It started at mom's funeral Tuesday. We knew we had the Purple Heart and so we talked with one of our relatives who was there, who thought he might know who we could find," Diana said.

Meier's family grew up just north of Denver, and his siblings still live in eastern Iowa.

After sifting through the phone book and making calls, Diana and Joann's search proved to be successful.

"Yes, I was very surprised when I got this phone call!" Harold Meier said, Eldo's brother.

The family had no idea Eldo had ever gotten a Purple Heart. Now, more than 70 years later, the family gets a piece of their loved one back.

"It's neat to have though, really. First time we saw it, so, it's real nice," Luella Harms said, Eldo's older sister.

The family hasn't decided which sibling will house the Purple Heart first, as they're still in awe of their brother's honor.
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