ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A Purple Heart medal awarded to a New York-born World War II airman is being presented to his brother a dozen years after the family lost track of the military decoration.
The Purple Heart Staff Sgt. Robert Capper earned while flying 35 missions in Europe as a tail gunner on B-17 bombers will be given to his brother, John J. Capper Jr., during a ceremony being held Saturday at the American Legion post in Clifton Park, north of Albany.
The medal and others awarded to Brooklyn-born Robert Capper were lost after he died on Veterans Day 2001 in San Diego, Calif. His dog tags and medals landed in the hands of a Utah man, who contacted Purple Hearts Reunited. The Vermont-based organization returns lost military medals to veterans or their families.
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