Pecan Valley Nursing Home WWII Veteran is Reunited
with Fallen Brother’s Long Lost Purple Heart Medal
Purple Hearts Reunited Presents Nursing Home Resident and Former Solider with
Re-Discovered Purple Heart Medal of His Brother, a Fallen WWII Hero
San Antonio, TX – Texas natives and brothers Cecil and Thomas Hull, both enlisted in the United States Army at the outset of WWII to protect the freedom of America and U.S. allies from the threatening forces of the Axis Powers; Cecil came home as a Command Sergeant Major but his brother Thomas, who fought in the first WWII amphibious assault in Europe by any American division, became a casualty in the chaotic clash on the beach near Salerno, Italy on September 9, 1943. Both recipients of the Purple Heart medal, over the years, PFC Thomas Hull’s posthumous honor became a lost artifact of the war and bravery until someone cleaning house discovered the medal in one of the local area residences. Today, the medal was presented by the Director of Purple Hearts Reunited Valor Guard to Mr. Cecil C. Hull, PFC’s Hull’s last remaining sibling.
“This is one of those real life stories that brings to light the amazing and in this case, heroic, lives many of our elderly residents have experienced prior to being cared for at Pecan Valley,” said Shawn Yates, facility administrator for the San Antonio Senior Care Centers nursing home. “It is a privilege for Pecan Valley staff to care for all of our residents and in particular, we are in awe of accomplishments and sacrifices made by veterans such as Mr. Hull, to whom we are indebted for giving us the freedoms we enjoy today.”
The nonprofit foundation Purple Hearts Reunited (www.purpleheartsreunited.org) was created in 2012 by a combat-wounded veteran, and works to return lost or stolen military medals of valor to veterans or their families in order to honor their sacrifice to the nation. According to Purple Hearts Reunited, to preserve PFC Hull’s medal in the future, the family has decided to donate the medal to the Texas Army National Guard, which will house the medal in the Headquarters of HHC 1-141st Infantry Regiment at RR2 Camp Bullis Rd Bldg 5504, San Antonio, Texas. This is the same Regiment that PVT Hull served with and will now be honored and protected by current and future men of the regiment.
“Today’s ceremony was a touching reminder of the dignity and character of so many seniors who find themselves requiring skilled nursing care and having to depend on others in their later years,” said Yates. “It is important for those of us in the long term profession and society as a whole to lend our compassion and respect to those who have done so much for us. We are honored to be a part of Mr. Hull’s family and share in this incredible experience that has reunited him with his brother at last.”
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