More than 50 years after Cherokee veteran Charles George died in the Korean War, military medals belonging to the private first class were finally welcomed home Monday — and along with them, the two young boys responsible for their return.
In April, Michael Mazzariello, 11, and his brother Mario, 8, entered a pawn shop in Newburgh, N.Y., with their father in search of old G.I. Joe action figures but instead found a box of military medals that piqued their interest. Sifting through the bunch, the boys found a Bronze Star, a Good Conduct Medal and a Purple Heart — all three with the name Charles J. George inscribed on the back.
“I thought it was wrong that they were in a shop,” Michael said. “They are one of our nation’s highest honors.”