Purple Heart Day August 7th, 2022

 

August 4, 2022

Courtesy Photo The Military Order The Military Order of the Purple Heart Above: A replica of the Purple Heart originally known as the Badge of Military Merit

On August 7, 1782, General George Washington - then the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army - established the Purple Heart award, originally designated as the Badge of Military Merit.

The Purple Heart exists in its current form since 1932, and is awarded to service members "wounded or killed in any action against an enemy of the United States or as a result of an act of any such enemy or opposing armed forces".

During World War II, almost 500,000 Purple Heart medals were produced in anticipation of the huge number of casualties estimated to result from the planned Allied invasion of...



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