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Homeless Purple Heart medals get Texas museum home

Published On: Apr 28 2013 07:14:17 PM CDT

FREDERICKSBURG, Texas -

(AP) - Virtually unknown sailors Howard Donald Seibert and Orville E. Kimball share the common fate of being killed in the Pacific in World War II.

And now the Purple Hearts earned by the long-deceased Navy men and long without a permanent home have a place of honor by joining the artifacts of a Central Texas war museum.

The medals have been added to the collection at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg after an exhaustive search for relatives of Seibert and Kimball came up empty.

The Purple Hearts have come to the museum primarily through the efforts of a full-time Vermont National Guard captain, Zachariah Fike. His "Purple Hearts Reunited" business normally helps to reunite medals with their rightful owners or relatives of the recipients.