Sister of WWII soldier will get his long-lost Purple Heart

Posted at 11:16 AM, Jun 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-28 11:16:15-04

WESTFIELD, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey woman whose brother was killed in action during World War II is about to receive his long-lost Purple Heart.

Purple Hearts Reunited will present the medal to 95-year-old Mildred Stotzer during a ceremony Wednesday in Westfield.

Stotzer's brother, Master Sgt. Frederick Boelzle, enlisted in the Army in September 1939. He was assigned to Service Company, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division.

Boelzle was killed in action in Belgium in December 1944 and was buried in a military cemetery in Belgium. The military awards and decorations he received included the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.

An anonymous donor sent the Purple Heart and Boelzle's burial flag to Purple Hearts Reunited. The nonprofit foundation has returned medals and artifacts to more than 350 families and museums.