The words don’t come easy for Mike Pomeroy when he talks about his medals of valor, including a Purple Heart.
(FOX)- Medals that were securely hidden away in a briefcase for decades, are now gone.
On Sunday during the Oroville Dam spillway emergency, Pomeroy and his wife were evacuated from their Yuba City, California home. A thief broke in and stole the medals.
“He wanted these medals to be given to his grandsons,” Pomeroy’s wife, Gaylene, said.
Pomeroy earned the medals after risking his life as an Army medic during the Vietnam War.
“The fact that someone would stoop so low to take a part of a person’s life like that is just unbelievable,” Gaylene said.
The thieves left the certificates that accompanied those medals and a written explanation from a commander of just how Pomeroy earned his Purple Heart.