60-year-old Purple Heart medal is found

PARIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Just in time for Memorial Day, a 60-year-old Purple Heart medal found in a farm ravine will be in the hands of the daughter of the fallen Korean War soldier who had it.

The rust-stained medal, its purple enamel peeling away, was found Sunday by Jerome Cook at the farm belonging to his uncle, Maynard Cook.

According to The Paris Post-Intelligencer, the medal was still in its blackened, rusted display case. It bore the name Thomas E. Hutcherson on its reverse side.

With the help of Stephanie Tayloe at the Henry County Archives, it was learned the medal belonged to Pfc. Thomas Eugene Hutcherson. That discovery led them to Hutcherson's only daughter -- Brenda Ginyard of Paris.

Ginyard said she was surprised and excited when she learned the news.


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