Purple Heart Found in Purse to be Returned to Recipient's Family

RIPLEY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Purple Heart will soon be returned to the family it belongs with, following a social media search that went coast-to-coast and beyond.

Carrie Myers bought a purse that had been donated to a church in Ripley, brought it home, and was shocked to discover a Purple Heart inside.

"I was awestruck, for one on how somebody could lose a medal of that magnitude," Myers said.

Also inside was a photograph of a man and two girls. The name "James F. Sneed" was inscribed on the back of the medal.

Myers says she was determined to return it to Sneed's family.

Her initial search for the man's family didn't yield any results, so she turned to social media.

"It's pretty much worldwide now," she said.

The hunt took on a life of its own. The picture was shared more than half a million times. Myers said she even got phone calls from England.

"It's outrageous," she said. "It's been in Texas, Washington, California."

A military group that focuses on Purple Heart recipients located Sneed's niece.

Myers says it turns out the niece works in Charleston at CAMC, amazingly enough the same place Myers works.

"I hope they appreciate it as much as I am thrilled for them," Myers said.

Myers says she's set to return the medal in person Tuesday.


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