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Purple Heart found at Tucson Goodwill returned to family

TUCSON – A Purple Heart found at a Goodwill store in Tucson was returned to the family of the man who earned the honor.

The Purple Heart was found in a box of donations at the Goodwill store at 10240 E. Golf Links Rd. in mid-June.

Talon Mills, an employee at this Goodwill says he was going through boxes of donations when he found the medal. He knew that the Purple Heart was significant, and he gave the medal to his manager.

On July 8, Goodwill enlisted the help of Purple Hearts Reunited and the community to find the family of the Purple Heart recipient.

The Purple Heart belongs to S2C Nick D’Amelio Jr. He enlisted in the Navy and served in World War II. D’Amelio served on the USS Little. On September 5, 1942, near Guadalcanal, the USS Little was attacked by Japanese destroyers. S2C D’Amelio was not recovered and declared missing in action. One year later, the U.S. Navy declared S2C D’Amelio deceased.

Senator Martha McSally honored Mills with a certificate from her office. Mills said of this experience and recognition, “This is amazing, and I’m very happy to be a part of it. For the family to find the medal and be reunited, that’s my satisfaction out of all of it.”

Goodwill is grateful for the numerous phone calls, emails, and social media posts to help return the Purple Heart to the family.

Stephanie Weaver

Stephanie Weaver

Stephanie Weaver is a weather anchor and reporter at News 4 Tucson.
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