Decades-Old Purple Heart Reaches Soldier's Daughter

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The Purple Heart is a special honor given to soldiers injured while serving our country. More than a decade ago a woman from Missouri found one inside a box.

Donna Gregory stumbled upon the box at the home of a relative. Alongside the medal were letters, one specifically addressed to a baby daughter.

Gregory made it her mission to track down the woman and deliver the box in person.

Last week, that happened.

The Patriot Guard Riders, a non-profit motorcycling outfit that serves the families of fallen heroes, escorted Gregory to Dayton, Nevada, where Peggy Eddington-Smith lives.

Smith was only a baby when her father, John, left to fight in WWII. He was killed in action just months after writing her the letter found in the box.

A ceremony was held in his honor, with Smith and Gregory in attendance.

Servicemen presented Smith with the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, honors for a father she never met.

At the ceremony, Gregory read the letter from Peggy's father, dated Feb. 27, 1944.

"Your daddy loves you very much and always will," she read through tears. "No matter where I am."

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