Two brothers, Michael and Mauro Mazzariello found several military medals in a local collectibles shop, and began a search for the veteran that they had originally been awarded. After some time, their search led them to Charles George, a young soldier who sacrificed himself to save the other men in his platoon. In 1952 during the Korean War, Charles George was killed in action when dived on a live grenade to absorb the damage and save his fellow soldiers. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his sacrifice along with several other medals. Michael and Mauro Mazzariello found George’s Purple Heart Medal, his Bronze Star and GCM in an antique shop. The owner gave the medals to the two boys after they promised to track down the original owner and return them.
Charles George was a Cherokee Indian from North Carolina. After his death he became a local hero and was awarded several honors. The VA Medical Center in North Carolina is named after George as a memorial to his service. After Michael and Mauro Mazzariello presented George’s family with the medals, they were elected into the Cherokee tribe by its leaders.
Medals of America wants to bring attention to this service, and thank these two dedicated young men for their actions of gratitude and appreciation toward a veteran. It is rare to see children at this age that show such dedication to a charitable task.Two Young Boys Track Down Veteran’s Family to Return Lost Medals,