World War II Purple Heart to be Presented to Soldier's Namesake
PFC Paul Pike of Worcester
Private First Class Paul Pike of Worcester, Vermont, was killed in action in January, 1945 in Belgium. His mother kept his Purple Heart medal until she entered a nursing home, when she gave it to Audrey Richardson's mother.
With the help of Purple Hearts Reunited, Audrey and the Worcester Historical Society have planned a ceremony in conjunction with the annual Memorial Day program of Doty Memorial School's fifth and sixth graders. At the event, a younger Paul Pike, a cousin and namesake of the fallen soldier, will be surprised with the presentation of the long lost medal.
The ceremony will be held on May 21st at 1:30 p.m. at the Worcester Village Cemetary. The public is invited to attend.
Additional information on PFC Paul Pike [pdf]