Ohio Memory has published a new post, “Singularly Meritorious Actions: The Purple Heart”
On August 7, 1782, George Washington established the Badge of Military Merit. It was the first award of its kind, as it was given in recognition of service to the nation, regardless of rank. The award was made of purple silk in the shape of a heart, and edged in lace binding and was received for “any singularly meritorious action.”
At the end of the Revolutionary War, the badge fell into disuse. 150 years later, however, on the heels of World War I, […]
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Singularly Meritorious Actions: The Purple Heart
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