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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

Washington DC, September 4, 2010

Man on mission to find Purple Heart hero

It was the summer of 1967, and a thrice-wounded U.S. serviceman hobbled aboard a twin-engine military medical evacuation plane making shuttle stops between Texas and Florida.

As Barbara Newman, 75, recalls it, the man caught the eye of her 3-year-old son, Curtis, and bestowed a life-changing gift: a Purple Heart.

Then he vanished.

Now 46, Curtis Newman wants to give the medal back, with thanks. He also wants to know the rest of the story of the hero, whose name he recalls as Ron Phillips. And Newman, a nurse in Cullman, Ala., wants the veteran to know he cherishes the medal and has made something of his life.

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If anyone thinks they may know the Purple Heart Recipient “Ron Phillips”, please give me a call or email. Thanks!

For information contact:
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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