A Purple Heart medal discovered in a filing cabinet in Willington was donated to the University of Connecticut.
The medal was awarded posthumously to 1st Lt. Alonzo Marcil of Baltic, who was killed in action in Germany in 1945 during World War II.
It was discovered several years ago in a filing cabinet at the Hall Memorial School in Willington.
A nonprofit group, Purple Hearts Reunited, could not find any surviving family members, so the decision was made to give the medal to UConn, the school from which Marcil graduated in 1943.
1st Lt. Alonzo Marcil's (Class of '43) Purple Heart was found in a filing cabinet in Willington... pic.twitter.com/8uu66l0oj1— Matthew Campbell (@mgmcampbell) May 8, 2017
The university plans to display the medal next to one it received from Purple Hearts United in 2015. The medal belonged to another alumnus, 1st Lt. John Dunne, who was killed in action in 1950 in Korea.
A ceremony was held in Marcil's honor on the Storrs campus on Monday afternoon.
"For those of us who are still serving, we like to know that the people who walked in these boots before us were able to find their way back home and are never forgotten," Lt. Col. Robert Monette with Purple Hearts Reunited said.
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