Established by General George Washington on this day August 7, 1782 at Newburgh, New York, during the Revolutionary War.  The Purple Heart, originally designed as the Badge of Military Merit,  while clearly an individual decoration, differs from all other decorations in that an individual is not “recommended” for thepurpleheart.jpg decoration; rather he or she is entitled to it upon meeting specific criteria.  Unfortunately that criteria is someone who has been wounded or killed, or who has died or may hereafter die after being wounded.  The Badge of Military Merit was only awarded to three Revolutionary War soldiers and fell into disuse following the War of Independence.  By Executive Order of the President of the United States, the Purple Heart was revived on the 200th Anniversary of George Washington’s birth, out of respect to his memory and military achievements, by War Department General Orders No. 3, dated February 22 1932.  Elizabeth Will was named to redesign the newly revived medal, which became known as the Purple Heart.  John R. Sinnock of the Philadelphia Mint was chosen to be the sculptor for the medal in May 1931.  As with other combat medals, multiple awards are denoted by award stars for the Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard, or oak leaf clusters for the Army and Air Force.

For more information go to Military Order of the Purple Heart

Update: Last night when I wrote this post I forgot the most important thing about the Purple Heart, that is to Thank all who have this Badge of Merit and also all whom have put themselves in a place that they could be a candidate for this Badge of Merit.Thank You for My Families and My Freedom.