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Veteran Roofing: GSR Supports WWII Purple Heart Ride

May 28, 2024 | News | 0 comments

Introduction

Good Shepherd Roofing, a veteran owned roofing company, cares deeply about our community and those veterans and first responders that show up every day to keep our freedoms intact and to keep us safe.  Whenever given the opportunity we like to show our appreciation for veterans by actively supporting causes that give back to veteran and first responder communities.   We recently had the opportunity in 2023 to show support for Scott Burkett, an Army veteran, and a mission he was on to return a lost Purple Heart back to a family whom he’d never met.  This particular Purple Heart was posthumously awarded to an Army soldier who was killed in action during World War II.  The journey that Scott embarked on in returning this Purple Heart was an emotional one for him and the family of the deceased soldier and reminded us all of the important sacrifices that are made every day by the brave men and women of our United States Armed Forces.  Good Shepherd Roofing as a company focused on delivering veteran roofing solutions to the community was proud and honored that we could help support his mission in returning this Purple Heart to the soldiers family.

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Veteran Roofing

At Good Shepherd Roofing, we are committed to our community and unwavering in our support for veterans. We honor those who have served our nation in many ways. As a veteran owned roofing company ensuring this Purple Heart was returned to the family of the soldier who was killed in action was an incredible honor and one that we were proud to be associated with.

 

Discovering the Purple Heart

Historic photo of Joseph J. Nethercott, a WWII soldier awarded the Purple Heart.

The journey began when Scott Burkett discovered a Purple Heart at an auction in Tennessee.  Normally, awards such as the Purple Heart should never show up for sale or auction and Scott immediately knew he needed to take action.  He purchased the Purple Heart and realized it had been posthumously awarded to Joseph J. Nethercott for his action during WWII.  This WWII soldier tragically lost his life in April 1945, while in Germany, serving with the 26th Infantry Division.  Scott proceeded to undertake weeks of research efforts to figure out who the soldier was, where did he live, how did the award end up in Tennessee.

Through his research efforts he discovered that the majority of the Nethercott family related to this fallen soldier lived in upstate New York.  Cities like Troy, New Brunswich and others popped up in Scott’s search.  Scott took a chance and started reaching out to Nethercott’s on Facebook hoping he would get one family member that could help put the puzzle together for him.  One fateful outreach that he made was to Wayne Nethercott.   The great nephew of the fallen soldier.   At first Wayne was suspicious.  Was this a joke? Was this some elaborate Internet troll trying to extract money or something else?  In the end, he realized that this was genuine and just one veteran, Scott, looking to do the right thing for another veteran family.

After finding the family, the next step that needed to be coordinated was ensuring that the Purple Heart could be returned to the family in a way that would memorialize and honor the memory of Josephy Nethercott.    Scott had a big idea, he wanted to do a motorcycle ride from Atlanta to upstate New York and present the Purple Heart in person to Wayne Nethercott.

Scott, a dear friend of Doug’s, knew that Good Shepherd Roofing loved veteran causes and being a veteran owned roofing business they would want to help.  GSR agreed to sponsor the ride and help make sure the Purple Heart was returned to the Nethercott family.   soldier focused on doing the right thing.  Scott handled logistics, social interactions and made arrangements to get the Purple Heart returned.   Good Shepherd Roofing was honored to be a part of this veteran cause and was so excited to be able to participate.

 

The Return of a Purple Heart

Purple Heart medal awarded to Joseph J. Nethercott for his service in WWII.

Good Shepherd Roofing recently sponsored a ride to return a Purple Heart to WWII veteran Joseph J. Nethercott’s family. The restoration of this medal marked a touching moment for his grandnephew, Wayne Nethercott. Overwhelmed with gratitude, Wayne viewed the return of the Purple Heart as a profound tribute to his granduncle’s valiant service and sacrifice. This heartfelt reunion not only brought immense joy to Wayne but also strengthened the ties to his heroic lineage, reinforcing the enduring impact of Joseph’s legacy on his family and beyond.

 

Honoring a Hero’s Legacy

Returning Joseph J. Nethercott’s Purple Heart reaffirms our commitment to honor the sacrifices of those who served. Restoring this Purple Heart bridges past and present, ensuring Joseph J. Nethercott’s bravery lives on in hearts today, not just history books. making it a point of connection and reflection for the community. Watch the touching journey here.

 

 

 

 

 

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