Raymond Coulombe’s older brother died during the Korean War and now 66 years later, he’s received his long lost Purple Heart medal. U.S. Army Sergeant Joseph Coulombe was killed on March 31, 1951 in South Korea. He was awarded the medal of valor posthumously, but the Army sent it to his widow - and his family never knew he had gotten married.
So when his widow recently passed away, her family contacted an organization called Purple Hearts Reunited for help. The nonprofit helps return medals and artifacts to families, and they arranged for Raymond to fly from Los Angeles to Maine, where the brothers grew up.
He placed a flag on his brother’s grave in New Hampshire and celebrated his 80th birthday by picking up his brother’s Purple Heart at the American Legion post. "What they're doing for me, what they've opened to me after 66 years, I feel like an incredible person," he says. "I feel so blessed."