A purple heart and other medals found in a West Texas dumpster last week have been returned to the family of a war hero after a meeting in Tye Tuesday morning.
Tommy Carter, his wife Nancy, and several other family members drove to the Flying J truck stop from Ft. Worth in order to meet some kind strangers that scoured social media in order to bring his uncle's medals home.
Tommy's uncle Jim C. Carter served as a Private First Class in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was wounded during battle and received the purple heart and other medals in honor of his service.
Tommy Carter says his uncle's wife suffered from dementia later in life and must have thrown the medals away by mistake.
The medals were recently found in a dumpster at a bar in Midland - the same town where Jim C. Carter was laid to rest.
Amy Davis says she was managing the bar when one of her customers brought her the medals. She later shared pictures of the finds on social media with hopes of reuniting them with their rightful owner - something she accomplished with the help of Sandy Dunlap and Gary Kennedy.
Dunlap and Kennedy both work with veterans groups and were able to research were the medals came from, leading them to the Carter family.
Dunlap, Kennedy, and Davis agreed to meet the Carter family halfway - the Flying J truck stop in Clyde - to make the reunion a reality.
The Carter family plans to build a shadow box for the long lost medals.
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