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Brooklyn native and WWII hero’s lost Purple Heart being returned to his family

July 20, 2018 Associated Press
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A lost Purple Heart medal is being returned to the family of a New York City sailor who died trying to rescue shipmates after his Navy vessel was attacked by a German submarine during World War II.

Ensign Rubin Keltch’s medal will be given to his niece during a ceremony being held Friday at a Bronx park named for him.

The Vermont-based group Purple Hearts Reunited says a Vermont man found the medal in his father’s collection of flea market purchases.

Keltch, a 24-year-old Brooklyn native, was aboard a Navy gunboat when it was hit by a torpedo off the Virginia coast in 1943. He helped save several shipmates but died when he entered the engine room to save others.

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Keltch was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the military’s second-highest decoration for bravery.

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