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The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration in the world that is still in use. Since 2003, the USPS has honored our brave military men and women with definitive stamps picturing the medal. You can save time and money by getting all 11 stamps issued through 2019 in one convenient order. These stamps are full of important history and have a direct connection to our first president…
History of the Purple Heart
As the Revolutionary War neared its end, General George Washington wanted some way to repay his troops for their sacrifices. He created the Badge of Military Merit, to be awarded to soldiers displaying high merit and serving for over three years. Only three badges were known to have been awarded to Revolutionary War soldiers, with no documentation of any others until after World War I.
In October 1927, Army Chief of Staff General Charles Pelot Summerall petitioned Congress to have the badge revived, but the bill failed. Four years later, General Douglas MacArthur resumed Summerall’s work, overhauling the badge’s design and issuing it on the 200th anniversary of Washington’s birth. From 1932-43, the Purple Heart was awarded for wounds received in action and for acts of high merit.
In 1943, with the establishment of the Legion of Merit – a military decoration awarded for exceptional service and achievement – the requirements for the Purple Heart changed. Since then, a person must be a member of the US Armed Forces and wounded or killed in action to be awarded the Purple Heart. In recognition of George Washington’s role in the award’s creation, the Purple Heart bears his portrait and family coat of arms.
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