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Dog Digs Up Purple Heart, Returns it to Vet’s Family

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Roughly ten years ago, a dog named Smuckers, a playful Labrador-golden retriever mix, found an irreplaceable treasure while digging away in the back yard – a Purple Heart lost a quarter of a century ago.

The award belonged to Korean War veteran CPL Richmond Litman.

Litman earned the Purple Heart when he was wounded in action in 1950. He also earned a Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, United Nations Korean War Service Medal, and the Korean Service Medal during his years of service.

Finally, ten years after Smuckers found the Purple Heart once more, it has been reunited with the Litman family where it rightfully belongs.

And the dog was the one to present it to Litman’s daughter.


Via Fox 31 Denver:

A long lost purple heart, dug up by a dog in a Denver backyard a decade ago, finally finds its way home.

The mystery has been solved. Last week we brought you the story of a search for living relatives of Corporal Richmond Litman. CPL Litman was an army veteran wounded in the Korean War and awarded the purple heart.

He died in 1990 but his purple heart was discovered a decade ago, feet underground.

Sunday his daughter stepped forward to claim the medal she says her father cherished so much.

With a smile on her face and a medal pinned to her collar, Smuckers the lab sat among rows and rows of our country’s buried heroes.

“She’s a great dog, you know,” said her owner Steve Jankousky.

Litman’s daughter, who has no idea how the medal ended up unearthed blocks away from where she grew up, said the entire story is “a miracle… a God-sent miracle.”

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