Daughter claims late father’s unearthed Purple Heart

March 23, 2015
Remember the dog that unearthed a Purple Heart? A Denver woman has stepped forward to claim her father's military medal after it was unearthed in a backyard a decade ago.
After trying unsuccessfully to find relatives, Purple Hearts Reunited held a ceremony Sunday at the Denver grave of Korean War veteran Richmond L. Litman.  Zachariah Fike, who founded the group, said Monday that shortly after news reports of the ceremony aired, a woman called him and was able to provide documents to verify her claim.
Their dog dug up the medal a decade ago behind the house Steve Jankousky and his partner, Tom Unterwagner, bought in 1994. They were unable to locate Litman or his relatives. Years later, they contacted Fike's group, which was founded in 2012.