Purple Heart Day, August 7.

Purple Heart

Another special day in August is Purple Heart Day, August 7. The Purple Heart medal is our Nation’s oldest military award and one of the first presented to all ranks. Originally introduced in 1782 by (then) General George Washington, only three recipients initially received this meritbased, heart-shaped award. It was reintroduced following World War I, and since then has been presented to American service members wounded or killed as a result of enemy action. Service members are eligible to receive multiple Purple Hearts throughout their career. There were approximately 351,000 Purple Heart medals awarded to Vietnam veterans. Of those Coast Guardsmen who served in Vietnam and received the Purple Heart, 8 gave their “last full measure” and their names are inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Another special day in August is Purple Heart Day, August 7. The Purple Heart medal is our Nation’s oldest military award and one of the first presented to all ranks. Originally introduced in 1782 by (then) General George Washington, only three recipients initially received this meritbased, heart-shaped award. It was reintroduced following World War I, and since then has been presented to American service members wounded or killed as a result of enemy action. Service members are eligible to receive multiple Purple Hearts throughout their career. There were approximately 351,000 Purple Heart medals awarded to Vietnam veterans. Of those Coast Guardsmen who served in Vietnam and received the Purple Heart, 8 gave their “last full measure” and their names are inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 

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