The Purple Heart ship of the American sailor Nick D & Amelio Jr. returned to the family of the WWII veterinarian after being found in a Goodwill store in June

Couple with private detective & # 39; doing some detective work & # 39; and reunite Purple Heart with the missing World War II family after being deported to Goodwill by accident

  • Tucson, Arizona Goodwill employee Talon Mills found the Purple Heart in a box of household items and sorted donations in mid-June
  • The military medal was awarded to the American sailor Nick D & Amelio, Jr. who went missing in 1942 after his ship was sunk by Japanese destroyers during World War II
  • Goodwill reaches the non-profit group Purple Hearts Reunited on July 8 to try to find the family of D & # 39; Amelio
  • Private detectives with Black Horse Investigations have seen a story about the medal and family members of D & Amelio Tuesday
  • Relatives, including D & # 39; Amelio & # 39; s great cousin, Doug Hanna, traveled to the Tucson Goodwill store to collect the medal on Friday.

The Purple Heart ship of the American sailor Nick D & Amelio Jr. returned to the family of the WWII veterinarian after being found in a Goodwill store in June

The Purple Heart ship of the American sailor Nick D & Amelio Jr. returned to the family of the WWII veterinarian after being found in a Goodwill store in June

The family of a Purple Heart recipient who went missing during the Second World War traveled to a Goodwill store in Tucson, Arizona on Friday to collect the distinctive medal from the vet, a month after an employee found it while sorting donations .

Talon Mills, the Goodwill employee, received a certificate from US Senator Martha McSally (R-Ariz) during a ceremony at the store on Friday when relatives of the American sailor Nick D & Amelio Jr. watched and applauded.

& # 39; This is a great day. It is a beautiful story. It is so wonderful to see that this is now home. And it really led to this whole community coming together and being part of it to make this possible, & McSally said during the meeting.

The US Army declared D & Amelio lost a year at sea after his ship, the USS Little, was sunk on September 5, 1942 by Japanese destroyers near Guadalcanal.

It is unclear how the Purple Heart engraved with its name ended up in a box of household items in the Mills store.

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Talon Mills, the Goodwill employee, received a certificate from US Senator Martha McSally (R-Ariz) during a ceremony at the store on Friday when relatives of the American sailor Nick D & Amelio Jr. watched and applauded.

Talon Mills, the Goodwill employee, received a certificate from US Senator Martha McSally (R-Ariz) during a ceremony at the store on Friday when relatives of the American sailor Nick D & Amelio Jr. watched and applauded.

Talon Mills, the Goodwill employee, received a certificate from US Senator Martha McSally (R-Ariz) during a ceremony at the store on Friday when relatives of the American sailor Nick D & Amelio Jr. watched and applauded.

Mills and American Senator Martha McSalley (R-Ariz) pose for photos with other Goodwill employees, private detectives with Black Horse Investigations and the family of Nick D & Amelio Jr.

Mills and American Senator Martha McSalley (R-Ariz) pose for photos with other Goodwill employees, private detectives with Black Horse Investigations and the family of Nick D & Amelio Jr.

Mills and American Senator Martha McSalley (R-Ariz) pose for photos with other Goodwill employees, private detectives with Black Horse Investigations and the family of Nick D & Amelio Jr.

The US Army declared D & Amelio (photo) lost at sea a year after his ship, the USS Little, was sunk by Japanese destroyers near Guadalcanal on September 5, 1942

The US Army declared D & Amelio (photo) lost at sea a year after his ship, the USS Little, was sunk by Japanese destroyers near Guadalcanal on September 5, 1942

The US Army declared D & Amelio (photo) lost at sea a year after his ship, the USS Little, was sunk by Japanese destroyers near Guadalcanal on September 5, 1942

Goodwill reaches the Purple Hearts, non-profit, reunited on July 8 to find the D & Amelio family.

Private detectives of spouses and wives Emilio and Rianne Maldonado at a company based at Tuscon, Black Horse Investigations, saw the story and did some detective work before they showed up at the sailor's family house on Tuesday afternoon.

& # 39; They arrived at my family's door and said: & # 39; We believe we know this is yours & # 39;, & # 39; & # 39; D & # 39; Amelio & # 39; s great cousin, Doug Hanna, told reporters during the Friday ceremony at the Tuscon Goodwill Store.

Hanna paid tribute to Mills to understand the importance of the Purple Heart and to take steps to ensure that it returned to D & Amelio's family.

Talon Mills

Talon Mills

Private detectives Rianne (left) and Emilio Maldonado (right) pose for a photo with the American senator Martha McSalley (R-Ariz)

Private detectives Rianne (left) and Emilio Maldonado (right) pose for a photo with the American senator Martha McSalley (R-Ariz)

Mills (letft) found Purple Heart from D & Amelio in a box of housewares while sorting half donations through donations. Private detectives Rianne Maldonado and her husband, Emilio, with Black Horse Investigations, seen posing for photos on both sides of American senator Martha McSalley (right), tracked D & # 39; Amelio & # 39; s family members on Tuesday

Relatives, including D & # 39; Amelio & # 39; s great cousin, Doug Hanna, traveled to the Tucson Goodwill store to collect the medal on Friday.

Relatives, including D & # 39; Amelio & # 39; s great cousin, Doug Hanna, traveled to the Tucson Goodwill store to collect the medal on Friday.

Relatives, including D & # 39; Amelio & # 39; s great cousin, Doug Hanna, traveled to the Tucson Goodwill store to collect the medal on Friday.

& # 39; Without his first first steps, this family treasure and national treasure would have been lost forever & # 39 ;, he said.

Mills told KGUN he is just happy that he could help to get the honor back where he belongs.

& # 39; I don't know, maybe it could have just been wiped somewhere under the carpet, & # 39; he said. & # 39; And they would never really have had the opportunity to find it and compete with it. & # 39;

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