Honoring our Purple Hearts Recipients

 

Today is the day that we honor members of our military who have been wounded or killed while serving in the United States Armed Forces. This is a great time to pay our respects to the many men and women who have fought for our country and who are fighting for our country. Both of my grandfathers fought in World War II and my father’s father was awarded the Purple Heart. I’m sure many of us have stories like this one. I’m always in awe when I think about how brave these men and women were/are. I’m going to take a moment today to be grateful and think about the sacrifices being made by the men and women who are serving now and the men and women who gave their lives in the many terrible wars in our history.

 

Know Your History

Some Interesting Purple Heart Facts

  • The Purple Heart was first created on August 7, 1982 by General George Washington and at that time it was called the Badge of Military Merit. After the Revolutionary War the medal wasn’t used until it was revived in 1932.
  • John F Kennedy is the only American president to receive a Purple Heart.
  • Major General Robert T. Frederick was awarded 8 Purple Hearts which is the highest number of Purple Hearts awarded in a single conflict.
  • According to a 2012 article in Smithsonian.com, the youngest recipient to receive a Purple Heart was Calvin Graham who was just 13 years old. Although the rule was you had to be 16 and with your parent’s consent, Graham forged his mother’s signature and lied about his age.
  • In the 1950’s there was controversy as to whether or not to give out the medal for frostbite. Eventually the military decided that frostbite was not an eligible injury for the Purple Heart.
  • 1.8 million recipients of the Purple Heart