Pvt. Berlin E. Small earned a Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars and a Good Conduct medal for his service in World War II, but his family didn’t have any of the medals.
“He gave so much. His whole life was affected by his military service,” said Mike Baggett, a Bainbridge Island resident who is Small’s nephew.
“I know that he was severely injured,” said Baggett of his uncle, who had a metal plate in his head from his service during World War II.
Small died in 1993.
Recently, Baggett got a call from an organization called Purple Hearts Reunited with good news: the organization bought Small's medals on eBay for $20 and wanted to return them to his family.
They said they would return them to Baggett free of charge.
“It was very touching that they would do this for people,” said Baggett, who isn’t sure how the medals were lost.
He was recently sent a frame that holds the medals and a photo of his uncle.
“It’s been great to have this brought back to us. It makes me feel closer to my uncle,” said Baggett.
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