TEXAS CITY, Texas — For 25 years, Gerald Packard kept a pair of World War II medals and newspaper clippings safely tucked away in his gun safe. One day, he figured, he’d find the rightful owner of the medals his son Max found in an alley behind a Texas City house.
Saturday, the medals awarded posthumously to U.S. Army Pvt. James "Jimmy" Dale came home. His sister Mary Nelle Dale Parsons, who last saw her brother when he headed off to Fort Hood for basic training in September 1944, had all but given up hope of ever seeing the medals again.
But a picking expedition in the alley behind the Dale’s old home on 10th Avenue North in 1987, a dedicated World War II history buff and his sons. and a chance meeting outside Food King in Texas City six weeks ago reunited Parsons with her brother’s Silver Star and Purple Heart.
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