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Dog Unearths Purple Heart

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(KUSA) At her home in Stapleton, Colorado a golden lab mix named Smuckers is about to get an unusual visitor - the kind usually reserved for military veterans and their families.

It's all because of her tendency to dig holes in the yard, much to the chagrin of her owners, Tom Unterwagner and Steve Jankousky.

"I was just trying to put the dirt back in the hole, when I saw something shiny and that was it," Jankousky said. "And I went back inside and told [Tom], 'you're not going to believe what she dug up.'"

Turned out, it was a Purple Heart. The military medal was at the bottom of a ten-inch hole Smuckers dug up in her old backyard. It appeared to be in good condition and had one name engraved on the back: Corporal Richmond Litman.

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