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Missing Purple Heart returned to veteran's family

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A photo of Homer Myers next to his Purple Heart. A photo of Homer Myers next to his Purple Heart.
Sherry Crawley and Angel Myers meet for the first time. Sherry Crawley and Angel Myers meet for the first time.
Homer Myers' Purple Heart. Homer Myers' Purple Heart.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- In the small community of Charlestown, Indiana, Sherry Crawley had a mystery on her hands.

“I had never seen the gentleman in my life and I've never seen him again,” Crawley said.

Three years ago, while she was a bartender at an American Legion in Sellersburg, a stranger handed her a purple heart that had been found in a Kroger parking lot in New Albany -- roughly 12 miles away.

Inscribed on the back was the name Homer C. Myers and Crawley made it her mission to find him.

“It means a lot to me and it could put me in tears right now just talking about it,” Crawley said.

She searched for Myers for several years, knowing only that he was a man who was either wounded or killed in war.

She'll admit the military and Purple Heart recipients mean a lot to her family. Her daughter's brother-in-law was one of the soldiers who never came home.

“He was just 22 and a roadside bomb got them. That was hard,” Crawley explained.

So when she was given a Purple Heart, she knew she had no choice but to get involved.

“Maybe I'm one of the old-fashioned people that still has the sentimental heart, but it just means a lot that it goes home,” Crawley said.

Sherry contacted WDRB, hoping we could help.

After searching online, we were able to find a post from 2009 on a military website -- where a woman mentioned Homer C. Myers and claimed to be his granddaughter.

He lived in Sherburne, New York, and was 69-years-old when he died.

We were surprised to find the granddaughter, Angel Myers, living in Louisville.

“He was in D-Day at Omaha Beach where I don't know exactly what it was, but he ended up with his leg missing, a lot of shrapnel, a bullet lodged in his heart that was still there the day he died because they couldn't remove it,” Angel Myers said.

She remembers her grandfather's medals.

“We used to have to sneak to look at them. They were in a shadowbox, you know lined with velvet and everything,” Myers said, noting she was 13 the last time she saw them.

Over the years, she says they were passed on to family in the area.

“It's a piece of our history, a piece of my heritage, my children's heritage,” said Myers.

A piece Sherry Crawley has been holding onto.

“It means a lot to me. I'm real excited about getting it back to the family,” said Sherry Crawley.

On a cold January day, Crawley's mission was completed

“Hello,” Crawley said to Myers.

“Hi. And the very thing I want to do is give you a hug,” said Angel Myers.

It was the first time Angel had touched her grandfather's Purple Heart

“This is amazing. It is absolutely amazing,” she said.

She said it took her back to when she was 13-years-old, sneaking off to look at it.

Homer Myers may have passed away 22 years ago, but his legacy lives.

“Well Homer, it's nice to meet you finally,” Sherry Crawley said while looking at his photo.

“To have grandpa's original Purple Heart, there are really no words to describe that,” Myers said.

Angel Myers says her grandfather also had two other medals, a bronze medal and sharpshooter badge -- which she's still hoping to find.

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