Missing Purple Heart returned to Maryville family of D-Day parat

Missing Purple Heart returned to Maryville family of D-Day paratrooper

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PFC Joseph Jordan volunteered for the paratroopers, serving in the company better known as Band of Brothers. On June 6th, 1944 he was killed while helping a wounded soldier after parachuting into Normandy. PFC Joseph Jordan volunteered for the paratroopers, serving in the company better known as Band of Brothers. On June 6th, 1944 he was killed while helping a wounded soldier after parachuting into Normandy.
For sacrificing his life, PFC Jordan was awarded a purple heart but it got lost along the way. For sacrificing his life, PFC Jordan was awarded a purple heart but it got lost along the way.
The medal was returned Friday in a room bursting with patriotism, pride, and prayers celebrating a true American hero. The medal was returned Friday in a room bursting with patriotism, pride, and prayers celebrating a true American hero.
By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - Nearly 2,500 soldiers sacrificed their lives 70 years ago Friday, invading the beaches of Normandy, France. One paratrooper in particular, who was killed on D-Day, has ties to East Tennessee and the purple heart he was awarded because of his sacrifice has been missing for years.

6 News were there as the medal was reunited with family members and learned it took the Purple Hearts Reunited organization to find Private First Class Joseph Jordan's family.

August 21, 1942 was the day PFC Jordan enlisted in the army, something his family will never forget.

"He took our mother and me up to Anderson, Indiana. I couldn't walk so he had to carry me up the steps of the post office so he could enlist," said his sister Pat Preacher.

PFC Jordan volunteered for the paratroopers, serving in the company better known as Band of Brothers. On June 6th, 1944 he was killed while helping a wounded soldier after parachuting into Normandy.

"He's always with us," said Preacher.

For sacrificing his life, PFC Jordan was awarded a purple heart but it got lost along the way.

"It started with the veteran's son and on his death bed he bestowed that medal to a family friend. It got passed down another 3 or 4 times before it got to me. I was able to do some extensive research online and able to find the family," said Captain Zachariah Fike founder of Purple Hearts Reunited.

The medal was returned Friday in a room bursting with patriotism, pride, and prayers celebrating a true American hero.

"We're all proud of him, but it's a sad situation," said Preacher.

There was one surprise Friday. PFC Jordan was also awarded the Bronze Star medal which is for those who served in the infantry branch of the military during WWII.

Purple Hearts Reunited tells 6 News they receive 3 to 5 medals a week, if you'd like to donate and help their efforts you can visit their website by clicking here.
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