Veteran reunites family with Purple Heart recipient’s medal


MIDLAND, TX (WCMH) — After a Purple Heart and other military awards were found in a Midland, Texas dumpster last week, one veteran set out on a mission to find the family of the veteran the medals belonged to.

Army veteran Gary Kennedy undertook the task of tracking down the family, and said that the search is now over.

“We have finally finished the puzzle,” Kennedy told KWES. “We have found the family member.”

With just the name Jim C. Carter and the fact that Jim Carter was a World War II veteran to go on, Kennedy managed to track down a man named Tommy Carter, a former resident of Midland who now lives in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Tommy Carter told KWES that he did have an uncle named Jim Carter who fought in WWII but wasn’t sure if he had received a Purple Heart. However, he did confirm his uncle was shot in combat, which would qualify him for the award.

“In World War II, he was infantry,” Tommy Carter said. “He was shot in the leg.” Tommy said his uncle Jim passed away more than three decades ago. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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