The family of a World War II hero has been reunited with his long-lost Purple Heart medal after it turned up in a pawn shop hundreds of miles away.

Raymond Ferrer's family was shocked and overwhelmed when they found out about the missing medal that the American hero earned in the Battle of the Bulge.

Steve Harrigan reported on "America's Newsroom" that Purple Hearts are commonly bought and sold, and the going rate at the moment is approximately $300.

One man, however, has taken it upon himself to use his own time and money to track down veterans' Purple Hearts and reunite them with their owners or the owners' families.

"It really breaks my heart to think that one of our nation's heroes' medals, in this case a Purple Heart, a symbol of their debt in most cases, would end up in a place like that," Army Capt. Zachariah Fike, founder of Purple Hearts Reunited, said.

Fike was able to contact Ferrer's family and reunite them with the medal after it was discovered at a defunct pawn shop in Connecticut.

Harrigan reported that Ferrer's family believes that the medal was lost when they moved. They say that the medal is now in the possession of Ferrer's grandson, Keith Dalen, and it will be passed down to his great-grandson.

"This is a man risking his life, and this is the tangible proof that he did it," Dalen said.

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