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Last Flight for WO1 John Rizzo

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#1 tarbridge



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Posted 16 February 2017 - 08:00 PM

This is a story about John Rizzo and his medal group.

John was a Chopper Pilot and was a member of the "Comancheros"
Link... http://www.usmilitar...he-comancheros/

I was contacted by his brother a short time back.John's widow was his beneficiary and received all his worldly goods.John's family was not entitled to his medals. After John's widow passed the medals were sold and had been in a collection for years.He did learn about them with a Google search which led him to me.
I returned the group of John Rizzo to his family...they refunded my purchase price. On my on volition...I let them buy the group for a little less than my price and I paid the priority shipping and mounted the medals in a nice wood case.

Here is John's Mother and two brothers...John is now home RIP.

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 08:46 PM

Good for you.You even did it without press coverage or fanfare. ;)

#3 GIKyle

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 05:32 AM

Excellent story, Robert.


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 06:32 AM



Your actions are extremely commendable and noteworthy. You have set an example for all..


Well done..


The Rizzo family has a piece of their own back with them...Rest in Peace WO Rizzo



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Posted 17 February 2017 - 06:42 AM

Many of us Collectors and Dealers do this very thing many times in a year.We don't make a spectacle out of the connection. This section partially will let folks see that
we have been doing this for years with no compensation, no airplane tickets, motels accommodations, meals, news cameras or donations.

#6 Kurt Barickman

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 06:49 AM

Great story Robert!


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 07:10 AM

Well done Robert.  Good to see how happy the Rizzo family looks with your generous offering.  You are right, this sort of thing happens all the time without fanfare or photo-ops, just good collectors doing what they feel is right and not asking for any extra in return.  Kudos to you again, sir!

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 09:14 AM

Crazy cool story, and I'm sure the family really appreciated everything! Awesome!

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 10:02 AM

Rob...great story and tribute brother. Just another example of you (and collectors) doing the right thing and the media will never hear of it. You are a gentleman and a scholar.

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