On November 8, 2019 Robert G. Cole High School held its annual Veterans Day Observances during which a Purple Heart Medal thought to be that of the school’s namesake was donated to the school by Ms. Lisa Ludwig of Long Island, New York. Not long after the ceremony, the school became aware of information that began to cast the validity of the medal’s origins in doubt. While investigating these claims the school was contacted by Mr. Robert Bruce Cole, son of LTC Cole, who confirmed his possession of both the Purple Heart and Medal of Honor.
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