SUN PRAIRIE, WI – On the day we remember the nation’s wars, and honor the warriors who fought them, the VFW post in Sun Prairie, Wisc., honored one man whose spirit returned home in the form of his purple heart nearly seventy years after his death.
Sergeant Alan Foss bought the medal for $3 at a garage sale 15 years ago.
He eventually found the VFW post named for Otto Trapp who died in World War Two.
Trapp died when his B-26 bomber crashed off the coast of France in August 1944. His mother received his purple heart, and it, along with her other possessions, went to relatives after she died a few years later.
But somewhere along the way, the Purple Heart ended up separated from the family, until now.
And in this case, home is where the Purple Heart is.