After nearly 100 years – a hero’s family is united with his purple heart award.
Howard Scott is the nephew of First Lieutenant Jason Hunt of Johnson, Vermont.
Hunt served in the army with the 27th squadron. He flew missions to fight off enemy aircraft in the skies.
But on a mission to protect surveillance equipment in august 1918 first lieutenant hunt’s squadron was attacked by nearly twenty German planes.
He was shot down and his remains were never recovered. He is still listed as missing in action.
“You can certainly imagine that five aunts and an uncle all wanted to know where their brother was buried – and were always upset because there was never really any closure,” said Howard Scott, nephew of 1st lt. Jason Hunt.
Zachariah Fike is the founder of Purple Hearts Reunited. They reunite veterans or their families with their medals.
And on this day stepped in and helped the family heal with a momento of Lt. Hunt’s service.
“The families are the forgotten heroes. They’ve had to live with that burden of sacrifice – in some cases for 100 years,” said Fike.
The family never received any of Hunt’s decorations — but the Purple Heart now signifies the sacrifice he made for our country.