Purple Heart will reunite with army veteran more than 10 years later
WED – Navy veteran Travis Kiro opened a box of treasured items that tell the story of a real hero.
Inside this ordinary-looking plastic tub was one of the most prestigious medals a soldier could receive – the Purple Heart Award.
With him, a soldier’s uniform, a combat helmet that was almost destroyed by shrapnel and several pieces of a bomb that exploded.
They all belong to US Army veteran Nathanial Ingebritson who was nearly killed while serving in Iraq after a roadside bomb exploded near the Humvee he was in.
Ingebritson was immediately struck in the side of his head and arms by razor sharp shards of steel from an IED.
Nathanial then received the Purple Heart Medal.
But, during a move from Texas to Nebraska, Nathanial lost this precious prize and many other items of his time in combat over 10 years ago.
Several weeks ago, by chance, Travis Kiro, a veteran himself, discovered these precious pieces of Nathanial’s life after purchasing the contents of an abandoned storage unit and discovering the tub containing Nate’s military memorabilia. .
“I am what they call a dealer. I go to estate sales, storage locker auctions, garage sales and find items I can get on the cheap, ”Travis said.
But when Travis opened that particular box, he knew he had found something that you couldn’t put a price on.
“My first thought was, ‘Wow! I can’t believe it’s the Purple Heart. I thought to myself, what must someone have done to deserve this great honor, and I knew there that someone very brave and very deserving had lost this and that I had to do what ‘it was necessary. I knew he had been through a lot to win this and receive this medal, ”said Travis.
Not knowing how to contact the brave soldier who had this award, Travis contacted the Spencer Solves It team.
Spencer Solves It located Nathanial in Fremont, Nebraska, and gave him the news he had begged to hear for over 10 years.
“We have your medal,” said the Spencer Solves It team.
“It is priceless to me. I thought it was gone and that I would never see him again. It’s like a part of me, ”Nathanial said.
Now our mission is clear, thanks to Travis and with his help we are going to return Nathanial to this seemingly simple tub filled with a treasure trove of memories, pride and sacrifice.
It is right to return this medal, which symbolizes bravery, to the brave man who won it by risking his life for all of us.
“It means the world to me,” Nathanial said.
The Spencer Solves It team are still working on the details, but over the next few days we’ll be reuniting Nate, as he likes to be called, with the medal that literally defines his love and dedication to this country.
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