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Purple Heart medal reunited with area family

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GALENA, Ill. (KWWL) -

A missing Purple Heart medal has been returned to the family of a World War I vet.

Harrison Virtue of Galena, IL received the Purple Heart in 1941.

That was after being injured while fighting in the war as an Army private.

He passed away years ago, but today, his family was reunited with his purple heart medal.

"So when I found out about Harrison Virtue fighting in WWI and receiving this Purple Heart, it was a really exciting event to have happened," said Jerry Virtue.

The Virtue family plans on passing down the Purple Heart to other family members.

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