Purple Heart Returned to Brave Veteran

Taft M. Joseph was wounded in combat while fighting in Vietnam, but his Purple Heart had disappeared in the '70s.
1:36 | 04/15/15

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Finally tonight here, lost and then found. It all began with our correspondent Clayton Sandell last week here, holding up a purple heart he found at a store. Tonight, he's found something else. The rightful owner. Reporter: A purple heart is one of the most revered military honors. And last week for a story, we bought one. At a military surplus store here in Colorado Springs. We started wondering about the name engraved on the back -- Taft, M. Joseph Jr. But finding him got off to a rough start. I think he thought I was a telemarketer because when I called, he hung up on me. Three times. So, we tracked down his brother, who told us Taft Joseph was a young captain in Vietnam. Wounded in combat, awarded that purple heart. But sometime back in the '70s, it had gone missing. So, we traveled to Overland Park, Kansas, to pay retired lieu tent nant colonel Taft a visit. How are you doing? Reporter: Taft suffered a head wound when his unit was attacked. It was pretty bad. I bled a lot. Reporter: When his purple heart disappeared, his wife Peggy bought him a new one. It wasn't the same. He would kind of say, that's not my purple heart. Reporter: But we had the real thing. It's got my name on it. Amazing. Taftm. Joseph Jr. Let me have a kiss. I'm so happy for you. Reporter: Nobody knows how that purple heart ended up in Colorado. But tonight, it's finally back home. Clayton Sandell, ABC news, Overland Park, Kansas. We are so glad it's back where it belongs tonight. I hope to see you right back here tomorrow. Until then, good night.

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