Marine reservist’s lost Purple Heart donated to UConn

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The lost Purple Heart medal of a Marine reservist killed in the Korean War was presented to the University of Connecticut during the school’s Veterans Day ceremony.

UConn officials accepted 1st Lt. John Dunne’s medal Wednesday and will display it permanently on campus.

Dunne was a 1942 UConn graduate who taught English at the school after serving in the Marines during World War II. He later served with the Marine Corps Reserve in Korea and was killed in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in 1950.

Dom Narducci of Southbury presented the medal to UConn in collaboration with the nonprofit group Purple Hearts Reunited, after they couldn’t find living relatives of Dunne. Narducci found the medal in his late uncle’s belongings in 2011, but how it got there is a mystery.
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