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The Badge of Merit

The Purple Heart was created in recognition of General George Washington's ideals and for the bicentennial of his birth. Created in 1932, the foundation is a revival of the "Badge of Merit" initiative of 1782.

"...By order of the President of the United States, the Purple Heart, established by General George Washington at Newburgh, August 7, 1782, during the War of the Revolution is hereby revived out of respect to his memory and military achievements."

By order of the Secretary of War:
Douglas MacArthur
General, Chief of Staff

In 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order allowing the Navy to award the Purple Heart to Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guard personnel.

Posted by Wounded In Action (guest) on Fri 23 Apr 2010 03:12:33 PM UTC

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