WWII Purple Heart returned to daughter who never knew father


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The small rectangular box wasn’t going anywhere.

Pat Davis clutched the case in her hands. Inside was a Purple Heart medal, a set of silver wings given to graduates of paratrooper training and a purple bar to be worn on a military uniform.

All had been awarded to her father, Jackie Nesbit Jr., after his death in 1945. They had been lost for more than 50 years, and Davis was hesitant to put the box down.

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