Purple Heart returned to family after 17 years

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

Bulla showed Jabaley a photograph of a young Clyde, wearing a military uniform and a white hat.

“Oh my gosh, he’s so young,” Jabaley said.

Bulla figures he was 19 or 20. In the picture, he has bright eyes and is smiling broadly. It would have been what he looked like when he married Elizabeth.

Although her mom didn’t always talk about becoming widowed so young, she knows it was hard for her.

Even though they lived near the coast, her mom hated to go to the beach. One day she asked her why.

“I sit on that beach and look out across that water and all I can think about is your daddy,” she said.

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