Woman claims late stepfather’s unearthed Purple Heart

A Purple Heart unearthed in a Denver backyard will soon be back with the family of the man who earned it, and his stepdaughter says the story of its loss and return brings back memories of the only father she ever knew.

After trying unsuccessfully to find relatives, Purple Hearts Reunited held a ceremony Sunday at the Denver grave of Korean War veteran Richmond Litman.

Leatra Plick told The Associated Press that a neighbor watching a news report about the ceremony called to alert her. Plick called the organization and started looking through her late mother’s cedar chest for photographs and documents. She was able to provide the group with Litman’s discharge papers.

Plick says her mother and Litman were married for 34 years and he helped raise her and her two older brothers.

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