PURPLE HEART RECIPIENT
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
Who was the world's first Purple Heart recipient?
The origins of the Purple Heart
can be traced back to August 07, 1782 when George Washington announced the
'Badge of Military Merit' for soldiers who displayed any singularly meritorious
The purpose of
the badge was an incentive for soldiers that could not paid for their services.
The first Badge of Military Merit was awarded to
Sergeant Elijah Churchill on May 3, 1783 and in total their were only three
known recipients, the other two being Sergeant Daniel Brown and Sergeant Daniel
After that the
Book of Merit was lost and no further known badges were awarded.
Now we jump ahead 150 years and there is some interest
in having the badge reinstated.
The date is February 22, 1932, the 200th Anniversary of
George Washington's birth and by Executive Order of the President of the United
States the medal is revived, this time as the the Purple Heart.
The Purple Heart was awarded retroactively to 1917 to
include World War I veterans who received a wound which necessitated treatment
by a medical officer and which was received in action with an enemy.
The first Purple Heart was awarded to General Douglas MacArthur.
The Badge of Military Merit & The Purple Heart
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