PENDEL, Pa. (WTXF) - You can find plenty of treasures at a thrift shop store—vintage designer handbags and great memorabilia. One local woman found a prisoner of war medal. Now, she wants to get it back to its rightful owner's family.
Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission Thrift Shop worker, Helen Krushauskas was unloading a donation delivery when she discovered something completely unexpected.
“I took out a long box it had cards, military cards. This medal was stuck in between the boxes… When I looked at it I realized it was an actual medal for a man that was a POW in the Korean War,”
Krushauskas says she took it to her manager and they both decided it was a special piece.
Chris Jones the manager of the shop said, “She found the medal and I took a look at it. We thought it was something significant especially around Memorial day.”
Krushauskas says she brought the metal home and started researching military records from the Korean War with her daughter.
They matched the medal to a photo of Private Patrick James Goss from Philadelphia born November 30, 1950. Coincidentally, Krushauskas was born the day after. Goss served in the battle of Chosin Reservoir. According to Krishauskas’ research, he is believed to have died as a Prisoner of War. His remains were never found.
With her husband being an army veteran and her father serving in the navy, this means even more to Krushauskas. All Krushauskas wants now is to return the medal to the family of its original owner.
“I just have to find somebody who would appreciate it. His family member that’s what I’m hoping for.”
After our story aired a woman called FOX 29. Her name is Deborah Goss and her late husband John had an uncle named Patrick James Goss. They live in Penndel area. We have given contact information to both families so they can meet.