Man celebrates 80th birthday by receiving older brother’s long-lost Purple Heart – on the same day he learned his sibling died in Korean War 66 years ago
A man commended his 80th birthday celebration by accepting his more established sibling’s missing Purple Heart award, making it the correct day he took in his kin kicked the bucket in the Korean War, 66 years prior.
Raymond Coulombe turned 80 on Saturday, denoting the end ofÂ a travel from festivity to misery to festivity once more.
The California man got his late sibling’s Purple Heart award in Bethel, Maine, precisely 66 years from the day Coulombe scholarly of the demise on his fourteenth birthday celebration.
U.S. Armed force Sgt. Joseph Maurice Coulombe was executed in real life on Walk 31, 1951, in South Korea while battling in the Korean War.
‘I was 14 years of age praising my birthday with my grandparents and that is the point at which we got the news that my sibling was killed, so it resembles coming around full-circle,’ Raymond Coulombe said.
The man included: ‘He was my adoration, my life. I worshiped him sincerely. To bring this all back after this numerous years, at the present time I have an inclination that I’m in a different universe.’
The decoration of valor for the solider was granted after death and sent to his significant other, however Coulombe’s family never knew he had hitched at age 17 while in training camp.
At the point when his dowager as of late kicked the bucket, her little girl swung to an association called Purple Hearts Rejoined to help find the family.
The philanthropic establishment organized Raymond Coulombe to fly from Los Angeles to Maine, where the siblings grew up.
On Saturday, he set a banner on his sibling’s grave in Berlin, New Hampshire, and intended to get the Purple Heart and praise his birthday later at the American Army post in Bethel.
‘What they’re accomplishing for me, what they’ve opened to me following 66 years, I feel like an extraordinary individual,’ Coulombe said. ‘I feel so honored.’
Purple Hearts Rejoined, situated in Georgia, Vermont, has returned decorations and different curios to more than 300 families and exhibition halls.