Happy Hour: East Greenbush Vietnam Vet is Reunited with Stolen Medals

Military Ribbons

Military Ribbons

A local Vietnam veteran is being reunited with the medals he earned in service to this country, including in combat. Tom Peppas of East Greenbush assumed he'd never see the medals again after they were stolen during a burglary when he lived in Queens all the way back in 1975. But local folks heard about it and took action. On Friday, the Rev. Francis Kelley Society of St. Joseph's Church in Troy, presented replacement medals to Peppas during a ceremony at the Colonie Elks in Latham.

The combat vet received a shadow box that displays more than a dozen of his medals including a Purple Heart, Navy Combat Action Ribbon and Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars. 

There is now a follow up to a story that made national news last week. There was a video that surfaced of a family with a baby stroller that had just stepped into the street. They were nearly run over by a car running a red light. They would have been run over if it hadn't been for a woman who drove her car straight into the path of the oncoming car and saved them.

After the story got out, the woman received a new car and inside were tickets to Disney for her and her three year old son. The woman says she's not a hero, that it just happened and there really wasn't any time to think.

You can see the video, but be warned, it's horrifying.

Finally, this story has been making the rounds but if you haven't seen it by now, you need to. There was a little boy dressed as a vampire for Halloween. He got to a house where the homeowner had set out a bowl of candy on her porch so she could take her own kids trick or treating. The bowl was empty so the boy decided to refill the bowl, from his own stash of candy.

He was captured on a neighbor's doorbell camera doing the sweet gesture.

Photo: Getty Images

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