PURPLE HEART HISTORY
HEART IN PURPLE CLOTH
The Purple Heart was first instituted by George Washington in 1782 to recognize “any singularly meritorious action” by his soldiers. There are only three know recipients of the award from then until 1932 when, on George Washington’s birthday – February 22, the War Department issued General Order No. 3 establishing the Purple Heart Award:
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 War
Chief of Staff
From The Library of Congress
General Order No. 3 of the George Washington Papers, penned in 1782, established “that whenever any singularly meritorious action is performed, the author of it shall be permitted to wear on his facings over the left breast, the figure of a heart in purple cloth”.
Whenever, Wherever, service members are honored
From The Veterans Administration
A more complete history of the award is available in this PDF from the the Veterans Administration. Use the navigation controls at the top of the image above to view the PDF. Alternatively, click the Download arrow above to view offline.
A 3-minute history video about the Purple Heart. Presented by Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James Amos.
Purple Heart History
National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
About MOPH Co423
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