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Purple Heart returned to family

Purple Heart returned to family


WITH OUR VALUES.
BILL BARAJAS, KPRC CHANNEL 2 BILL BARAJAS, KPRC CHANNEL 2
NEWS. NEWS.
>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.
NEW AT 6:00 O’CLOCK, RETURNING A NEW AT 6:00 O’CLOCK, RETURNING A
HERO’S HARD EARNED HARDWARE. HERO’S HARD EARNED HARDWARE.
A HOUSTON SAILOR KILLED IN WORLD A HOUSTON SAILOR KILLED IN WORLD
WAR II WAS AWARDED THE PURPLE WAR II WAS AWARDED THE PURPLE
HEART. HEART.
SOMEHOW THAT MEDAL ENDED UP IN A SOMEHOW THAT MEDAL ENDED UP IN A
PAWN SHOP. PAWN SHOP.
SOME BACK CHANNEL MANEUVERING SOME BACK CHANNEL MANEUVERING
RESULTED IN THAT BEING RETURNED RESULTED IN THAT BEING RETURNED
TO HIS FAMILY AND WE WERE THERE TO HIS FAMILY AND WE WERE THERE
TODAY WHEN THAT HAPPENED. TODAY WHEN THAT HAPPENED.
ROSE-ANN ARAGON JOINS US LIVE IN ROSE-ANN ARAGON JOINS US LIVE IN
WEST HOUSTON WITH THE MOMENT WEST HOUSTON WITH THE MOMENT
THAT MAN’S NEPHEW WILL NEVER THAT MAN’S NEPHEW WILL NEVER
FORGET. FORGET.
>>Reporter: THIS MAN SHARED>>Reporter: THIS MAN SHARED
WITH US SUCH A PRECIOUS MOMENT. WITH US SUCH A PRECIOUS MOMENT.
HIS FAMILY MEMBER, HIS GREAT HIS FAMILY MEMBER, HIS GREAT
UNCLE, IS A HERO WHO FOUGHT AS A UNCLE, IS A HERO WHO FOUGHT AS A
SAILOR IN WORLD WAR II AND SAILOR IN WORLD WAR II AND
FOUGHT IN THE BATTLE. FOUGHT IN THE BATTLE.
OF 253 MEN, ONLY 86 SURVIVED. OF 253 MEN, ONLY 86 SURVIVED.
BUT THE STORY OF HOW THIS PURPLE BUT THE STORY OF HOW THIS PURPLE
HEART WAS FOUND STARTS HERE AT HEART WAS FOUND STARTS HERE AT
THE LOCAL PAWN SHOP AND THE THE LOCAL PAWN SHOP AND THE
STORY OF ANOTHER VETERAN WHO IS STORY OF ANOTHER VETERAN WHO IS
DETERMINED TO MAKE SURE THESE DETERMINED TO MAKE SURE THESE
IMPORTANT STORIES ARE SHARED. IMPORTANT STORIES ARE SHARED.
>>ALL OVER HOUSTON THERE ARE>>ALL OVER HOUSTON THERE ARE
BOXES WITH OLD MEDALS IN THEM BOXES WITH OLD MEDALS IN THEM
THAT SOMEBODY THAT’S MAYBE SOON THAT SOMEBODY THAT’S MAYBE SOON
TO PASS KNOWS THE STORY AND THAT TO PASS KNOWS THE STORY AND THAT
STORY NEEDS TO BE PASSED DOWN. STORY NEEDS TO BE PASSED DOWN.
>>Reporter: WHEN RETIRED MARINE>>Reporter: WHEN RETIRED MARINE
JERRY PATTERSON FOUND THIS JERRY PATTERSON FOUND THIS
HIDDEN TREASURE HERE AT WRIGHT HIDDEN TREASURE HERE AT WRIGHT
PAWN AND JEWELRY. PAWN AND JEWELRY.
>>MEDALS FREQUENT ISRAELI THE>>MEDALS FREQUENT ISRAELI THE
NAME OF THE RECIPIENT ON THE NAME OF THE RECIPIENT ON THE
BACKSIDE. BACKSIDE.
THIS ONE DID. THIS ONE DID.
MATE THIRD CLASS. MATE THIRD CLASS.
>>Reporter: HE KNEW HIS NEXT>>Reporter: HE KNEW HIS NEXT
MISSION WAS ABOUT TO BEGIN. MISSION WAS ABOUT TO BEGIN.
>>THAT IS AN UNUSUAL NAME.>>THAT IS AN UNUSUAL NAME.
SO I LOOKED HIM UP AND FOUND OUT SO I LOOKED HIM UP AND FOUND OUT
THAT HE WAS KILLED IN THE BATTLE THAT HE WAS KILLED IN THE BATTLE
OFF THE SUMAR AND HE WAS FROM OFF THE SUMAR AND HE WAS FROM
HOUSTON. HOUSTON.
I SAID, MAYBE THERE IS SOMEBODY I SAID, MAYBE THERE IS SOMEBODY
STILL LIVING IN HOUSTON THAT STILL LIVING IN HOUSTON THAT
WOULD LIKE THIS. WOULD LIKE THIS.
>>Reporter: AFTER PAIN-STAKING>>Reporter: AFTER PAIN-STAKING
RESEARCH, HE FOUND CODY. RESEARCH, HE FOUND CODY.
>>NICE TO MEET YOU.>>NICE TO MEET YOU.
>>Reporter: IT WAS HIS GREAT>>Reporter: IT WAS HIS GREAT
UNCLE. UNCLE.
>>THIS IS YOUR GREAT UNCLE’S>>THIS IS YOUR GREAT UNCLE’S
PURPLE HEART. PURPLE HEART.
>>TOGETHER THEY SHARED THIS>>TOGETHER THEY SHARED THIS
PRECIOUS, LIFE CHANGING MOMENT. PRECIOUS, LIFE CHANGING MOMENT.
CODY SAW HIS GREAT UNCLE’S CODY SAW HIS GREAT UNCLE’S
PURPLE HEART FOR THE VERY FIRST PURPLE HEART FOR THE VERY FIRST
TIME. TIME.
>>Reporter: SHARING THE OTHER>>Reporter: SHARING THE OTHER
MEDALS. MEDALS.
>>DD AT THAT TIME HAD A RANGE>>DD AT THAT TIME HAD A RANGE
THAT WAS FAR LESS THAN THE RANGE THAT WAS FAR LESS THAN THE RANGE
OF THE JAPANESE CRUISERS AND OF THE JAPANESE CRUISERS AND
BATTLESHIPS. BATTLESHIPS.
BUT NOTWITHSTANDING THAT, THEY BUT NOTWITHSTANDING THAT, THEY
CONTINUED TO FIGHT ’TIL THEY CONTINUED TO FIGHT ’TIL THEY
SANK. SANK.
>>Reporter: CODY HELD HIS>>Reporter: CODY HELD HIS
HERO’S HEART IN HIS HANDS. HERO’S HEART IN HIS HANDS.
>>TO PROTECT ALL OF US.>>TO PROTECT ALL OF US.
THAT MEANS A LOT TO ME. THAT MEANS A LOT TO ME.
IT’S GOING TO MEAN A LOT TO MY IT’S GOING TO MEAN A LOT TO MY
FAMILY. FAMILY.
NOBODY ELSE KNOWS ABOUT THIS. NOBODY ELSE KNOWS ABOUT THIS.
>>Reporter: LIKE HIS GREAT>>Reporter: LIKE HIS GREAT
UNCLE, GRANDFATHER AND FATHER, UNCLE, GRANDFATHER AND FATHER,
CODY IS ALSO AN ELECTRICIAN. CODY IS ALSO AN ELECTRICIAN.
NOW WITH ANOTHER JOB TO DO. NOW WITH ANOTHER JOB TO DO.
>>DEFINITELY HISTORY WILL BE>>DEFINITELY HISTORY WILL BE
SHARED BECAUSE MY KIDS, WHEN I SHARED BECAUSE MY KIDS, WHEN I
HAVE KIDS, THEY’RE GOING TO KNOW HAVE KIDS, THEY’RE GOING TO KNOW
WHERE WE CAME FROM AND HOW PROUD WHERE WE CAME FROM AND HOW PROUD
I AM OF MY FAMILY AND THEY’RE I AM OF MY FAMILY AND THEY’RE
GOING TO BE PROUD OF WHO THEY GOING TO BE PROUD OF WHO THEY
ARE, TOO. ARE, TOO.
>>Reporter: GENERATIONS OF>>Reporter: GENERATIONS OF
ELECTRICIANS. ELECTRICIANS.
CODY SAYS HE’S GOING TO FRAME CODY SAYS HE’S GOING TO FRAME
THE PURPLE HEART, CHERISH IT AND THE PURPLE HEART, CHERISH IT AND
SHARE IT WITH HIS FAMILY. SHARE IT WITH HIS FAMILY.
AS FOR JERRY PATTERSON, YOU MAY AS FOR JERRY PATTERSON, YOU MAY
RECOGNIZE HIM. RECOGNIZE HIM.
HE’S THE FORMER LAND HE’S THE FORMER LAND
COMMISSIONER. COMMISSIONER.
HE SAYS HIS GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE HE SAYS HIS GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE
THAT THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE THESE THAT THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE THESE
PRECIOUS MEDALS OR FIND THEM PRECIOUS MEDALS OR FIND THEM
FIND THOSE STORIES AND SHARE FIND THOSE STORIES AND SHARE
THEM FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. THEM FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.
REPORTING LIVE FROM WEST REPORTING LIVE FROM WEST
HOUSTON, ROSE-ANN ARAGON, KPRC


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