In late April, Michael Mazzariello Jr., 11, and his brother, Mauro, 8, rifled through a bin of war medals at an antique shop in New York.
Their father, Michael, brought the boys to Newburgh's Antique & Collectible Shop to shop for G. I. Joes as a reward for their good grades. Instead, his sons were immediately fascinated by three medals — a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Good Conduct Medal — bearing the same name: Charles George.
Despite the medals being worth an estimated $800, one of the owners allowed the boys to have them for free — on the condition they reunite the medals with the original recipient's family.
After a search that included senators, veterans and YouTube — a video showed a hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, being renamed after the soldier — the Mazzariello brothers determined that Charles George was a Cherokee war hero who threw himself on a grenade to save those fighting in his company during the Korean War. His heroic deed earned him the military's highestRead More »from Young brothers find medals at antique shop, reunite them with war hero’s family