Purple Heart returned to family after 17 years

Published: Monday, August 19, 2013 at 06:16 PM.

She regrets that she did not ask her mom more questions about her dad. Her mom died of a brain tumor at 49.

“When you’re young, you don’t start thinking about the things you think about when you’re older,” she said.

But she did keep letters her dad wrote her mother during the war. The military used thick black lines to censor some parts of the letters, though.

She figures her mom was working at Saffo’s Restaurant in downtown Wilmington when she met her dad, who came in for food.

They were married sometime after, likely in South Carolina.

Returning the medal

When Bulla was reached in Fayetteville earlier this summer by a Wilmington StarNews reporter about the medal, she got goosebumps when she heard about her father’s Purple Heart being found in Wilmington.

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