2017 Purple Hearts Reunited Annual Report

consist of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, and Combat Infantry Badge. Later in life, he was

awarded the New York Conspicuous Service Cross on 07 October 1991 by State Senator Christopher J. Mega.

George passed on 08 January 2006 at the age of 95.

PFC Joseph James Cryan

Private First Class (PFC) Joseph James “Jack” Cryan was born in Anniston, Alabama 10 April 1897 to Joseph and

Elizabeth M. Cray. He enlisted in the Army on 23 April 1917 and was discharged on 5 April 1919. He went to France

with the 8th Provisional Artillery Regiment, Coast Artillery Corps and sailed the 25th of August 1917 on the USS

CMSGT Anthony Biancuzzo

Pannonia. Jack was awarded the Purple Heart on August 15 th 1939. When Jack was discharged on 5 April 1919, he

came home and went to San Antonio Township, Los Angeles County, California, where he is listed in the 1920 cen-

sus in the home of his aunt and uncle, Charles Farris and wife Kathryn. By 1922, he had married Glenna Rudy and

This return was an amazing way to end 2017. CMSGT Anthony Biancuzzo, a Veteran of the Korean and Vietnam

had three sons, John Calvin, Glenn and Arthur. Jack worked as a molder in an iron foundry, and died on 16 April

Wars and of over 30 years of service to our country in the United States Air Force. We returned his lost Purple

1956. His wife Glenna died on 24 September

Heart to his wife and daughter at a special ceremony with the help of our friends at the Military Times. If you

1967 and is buried with him in the Live Oak Me-

watch the video, listen to the last words spoken by CMSGT Biancuzzo’s family, in short, “Thank you for bringing

morial Park in Monrovia, California, where their

him back for a few minutes”. It’s powerful statements like these that keep us moving forward.

sons, Arthur and Glen are also buried. Joseph’s

medal was returned to his Great-Grandson, who

is a Marine Veteran and also a Purple Heart re-

cipient, having been wounded in Operation Iraqi

Freedom.

Special thanks to our Friends at the American

Legion and Legion Auxiliary for hosting us at

their 2017 Convention in Reno, especially Aux-

iliary National President Mary Davis and our

friend Carol Harlow. Another wonderful job

by our Valor Guard Director Mitch Bell and his

mother, Mary Bell, a Valor Researcher, both for

finding this family and bringing the medal home.

https://www.militarytimes.com/video/2018/01/10/purple-heart-returned-to-war-heros-family/

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