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The Associated Press
This undated photo provided by William Quinlan shows his grandfather and World War I veteran Pvt. Daniel Quinlan. One of the first Purple Heart medals ever awarded to American military personnel is being returned to a relative of Daniel Quinlan's, who received it for wounds suffered during World War I. Purple Hearts Reunited said Quinlan’s medal was sent to the Vermont-based group recently with a note saying it was found in the mid-1990s in the attic of a Hudson Valley home near where Quinlan lived before he died in a 1938 car crash. (Courtesy of William Quinlan via AP)

ALBANY, N.Y. — One of the first Purple Heart medals ever awarded to American military personnel is being returned to a relative of the New Yorker who received it for wounds suffered during World War I.

Purple Hearts Reunited says Pvt. Daniel W. Quinlan's medal was sent to the Vermont-based group recently with a note saying it had been found in the attic of a Hudson Valley home near where Quinlan lived before he died in a 1938 car crash.

Quinlan was among the 138 WWI veterans who received the first Purple Heart medals awarded by the U.S. military in May 1932.

The medal will be displayed Friday during a ceremony at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor before it's mailed to Quinlan's grandson in Florida.