National Purple Heart Day profile: Calvin C. Winright
As the nation celebrates military heroes on National Purple Heart Day, AOL takes a look at some of the most compelling, heart-wrenching and heartwarming stories behind those who have earned the prestigious award.
EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. -- Calvin C. Winright was only one year from finishing his tour of duty during World War II when he was shot down by enemy fire in a B-17 over Germany.
Generations later in Excelsior Springs, no one in his family knew he died a war hero.
The military gave Winright's Purple Heart medal to his brother. When his brother died, the medal was put into a box and given away.
Two years ago, an antique tinkerer came across the medal in the bottom of box and was determined to return it to its rightful owner.
In an official ceremony, the high honor medal was returned to the Winright family.
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