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Purple Heart award arrives 70 years late

A Fairbanks woman has received her brother's Purple Heart 70 years after he disappeared.

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A Fairbanks woman has received her brother's Purple Heart 70 years after he disappeared.

The Fairbanks News-Miner reports ( Gladys Terry recalls clearly the day she stood at the train depot in Tacoma, Wash., and said goodbye to her brother, Pfc. James Chester Mohn.

He was shipping off to southeast Asia to serve as an Air Force radioman in World War II.

She couldn't help but feel she would never see him again, and she was right.

On June 6, 1943, Mohn's C-47 alpha cargo plane disappeared on a flight somewhere near eastern India and what is now Bangladesh.

For 70 years, Gladys had no idea what ultimately had become of her brother, but in 2010 a company called MIA Recoveries found wreckage they believed came from Mohn's plane in Bhutan, a small country wedged between India and China.

One month ago, after 70 years of uncertainty, Gladys finally received closure when the Tacoma Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 91 hosted a ceremony honoring Mohn.


Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner,

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