The Mystery of this Purple Heart


The Purple Heart is a medal earned by someone injured or killed while serving with the U.S. military.    My father-in-law, Bruce Sundlun was awarded one for his valor in World War II, after being shot down and injured over Nazi occupied Belgium.   He died four years ago, and just recently we looked at a box of medals given to my wife Kara after he passed.  In that box, along with Bruce’s medals, we found the Purple Heart shown above.

Who is Frank Langham and why did my father-in-law have his Purple Heart?    The name doesn’t ring a bell with anyone in my wife’s family, and he doesn’t show up in a Purple Heart registry.   To the best of our knowledge he didn’t serve with Kara’s dad, but perhaps they met somewhere while Bruce was on the run eluding Hitler’s forces.

Do you know a Frank Langham or his family?   We’d love to return the medal to its rightful owner and perhaps learn how it ended up with Bruce.

E-mail me dennis.house@wfsb.com

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  1. First, condolences to Kara, yourself and family on the loss of her Father, he seems to have been a wonderful man.

    Next I looked on Ancestry.com for a Frank Lanham and couldn’t find one, but did find a Francis Langham, PFC US ARMY WORLD WAR II, Born Oct. 2, 1925 and past on Feb. 9, 2004. Sylvan Heights Cemetery, 603 N Gallatin Ave Ext Uniontown, PA 15401
    Perhaps this is the man you are looking for.
    Debra Longyear


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