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Online student returns lost WWII medals to family

September 16, 2021 / by / 1 Comment

History buff Joseph Fox was looking to add to his collection of antiques when he ventured out to West Virginia’s Largest Yard Sale. But something else caught the eye of the online GCU student who is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in History for Secondary Education: Among the sundry items strewn across a table, he saw a Purple Heart and Gold Star. He bought the medals and began researching the man who earned them: Vaughn Cox, a paratrooper who was shot multiple times during his descent into France on D-Day, was left for dead, scooped up by German burial crews and taken as a prisoner. It was his honor, Fox said, to return the medals recently to Cox’s family.