Woman receives brother's war medals, four decades later

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RESACA, Ga. -- Dorothy Owensby is a collector. She collects photos, music, and numerous other items that fill her Gordon County home.

But she has precious little to remember her brother.

"The tragedy that happened," she says, "I'll never get over completely, because he holds that special place in my life."

Owensby's brother, Sgt. Robert Schofield, served in the Army during the Vietnam War. Five days into his final tour, he stepped on a land mine and was killed.

"He died when he was just 22 years old," said Owensby, "so that's just, you know, so, so sad."

In a time where we capture memories in an instant, Owensby longed for anything to remember her brother. Recently she came up with an idea.

"If I could find a picture to put in a photo album of my brother in his uniform," she said, "that's what I was looking and contacting Tom Graves' office about."

Owensby contacted Congressman Graves. His secretary reached out to the Army.

Says Owensby, "They were very surprised when the Army got back to them and told them [Robert] had been awarded all these medals that were never claimed."

Earlier this month, Owensby received something far better than a photo: four medals, earned by her brother.

"I'll never forget him," she says, "because we were so close for so many years."

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