Vietnam VeteranHe is now back in possession his Purple Heart, which he was robbed of nearly 40 years ago.
It said, “It was that someone had found my Purple Heart.” Gus Allbritton (71),The story was about the message that was left by Jamie Bath at Carl Vinson VA Medical Center, Georgia. Jamie Bath was the phone number for Florida.
Allbritton, a Vietnam vet who served with the 173rd Infantry Regiment between 1969-1970. Stars and Stripes reported that he suffered three wounds during the war. He was injured when he received a shot to the shoulder from an AK-47. Also, he was hurt in his groin and legs by a rocket-propelled grenade. After the war, he was awarded three Purple Hearts. Two of them he gave to his family, while another one he kept.
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In 1983, while he was working as a sheriff’s deputy in Florida, he was the victim of a burglary. The Purple Heart had been kept safe in a large bottle with coins, pocket knives, and other valuables.
His home was broken into during the burglary and the container containing the medal was stolen.
“When I saw that the water bottle – and everything in it – had been stolen, I figured that was it, I’d never see it again,” Allbritton recounted. “I reported the water bottle missing but knew that there was no chance of me ever getting it back.”
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Jaime Bath, an estate sales specialist from Florida claimed that he bought the medal for just $2 at a yard-sale several decades later.
Bath noticed an inscription on the medal, reading, “For Military Merit – Gus A. Allbritton
Bath stated, “It was an award for war and it meant a lot to me.” It was right to give it back.
Bath, who had done a Google-search to find Allbritton, tracked him down at the VA where Vietnam veterans volunteer and told him that he would like to return the medal.
It was unbelievable. It’s amazing that a medal as tiny as this was found after so many years. Allbritton stated.
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Jamie called to tell me he wanted to send my medal back, so I provided my address. It arrived in a small box a few days later. He did it because it was a humanitarian act.
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