Purple Heart medal donated to Goodwill in Tucson to be reunited with family

TUCSON, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- Officials with Goodwill in Southern Arizona said Wednesday they are working with the family of a World War II soldier to return a Purple Heart medal that was donated to a store in the Tucson area.

According to a tweet made to the organization's unverified Twitter page Wednesday morning, officials have been able to get in contact with Nick D'Amelio Jr.'s family, and are working with them to return the Purple Heart medal.

The medal, according to a tweet made by Goodwill officials on Monday, was donated in mid-June to a Goodwill location on Houghton and Golf Links Road, which is located on the eastern part of Tucson.

According to reports by Tucson television station KOLD-TV, D'Amelio, Jr. enlisted in the Navy and served in World War II, but never made it home to California to receive the medal, as he was considered lost at sea on September 6, 1943.

FOX 10 reported on this story from Phoenix.