Ballston Spa family reunited with late-war hero's missing Purple Heart

August 13, 2019 07:40 PM

BALLSTON SPA - The family of a local World War II soldier killed in action was just reunited with his Purple Heart.

The missing medal was recently sold at a garage sale.


It's a story that ends here in Ballston Spa, but it begins with a 19-year-old local boy whose life ended far too soon in a town in Belgium.

PFC Floyd Mabb, with the prestigious 101st Airborne, was killed in the Battle of the Bulge. His family was awarded the Purple Heart Medal after his death in January of 1945.

One of our military's highest honors, the Purple Heart recognizes the sacrifice a soldier made by being wounded in combat or killed in action.

However, Mabb's Purple Heart somehow became separated from his surviving family back in Ballston Spa.

Through a series of unlikely events, the medal was returned to the Mabb family at a ceremony on Tuesday.

The end of a long, strange trip for the award. It turns out it was stuck inside a purse that was sold at a garage sale. When the buyer, Tammie Mohan, found it, she posted about it on social media and then brought it to the county clerk's office who helped track down its rightful owners - PFC Mabb's family.

Hear from the woman who found the Purple Heart and a family member so grateful for everything that he trying to hold back tears, by watching the video of Mark Mulholland's story.


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