Purple Heart , the first U. The records show that only three men received it during the American Revolution , all of them noncommissioned officers. Two of these coveted badges still exist. The original medal, sewn onto the coat, was simply a purple heart-shaped piece of cloth edged with silver braid. Although this was the medal of honour of the Revolution, it seems to have been forgotten for about years. The current purpose of the medal is as an award for those wounded or killed awarded posthumously in the service of their country.
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Explore George Washington's life in our interactive timeline. Summerall, the U. The Order of the Purple Heart, the oldest American military decoration for military merit, is awarded to members of the U. It is also awarded to soldiers who have suffered maltreatment as prisoners of war. But if you see something that doesn't look right, click here to contact us!
A Congressionally-chartered charity composed of military men and women who received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in combat. Although memberships is restricted the combat wounded, Purple Heart supports ALL veterans and their families with a myriad of nationwide programs. Do you have objects you were interested in donating to helping others in need? GreenDrop accepts many items ranging from clothes, toys, and much more! See what we accept by reviewing our Acceptable Items page. Double check to make sure that any items donated follow our rules and government regulations:. To be accepted, donations must weigh 50 pounds or less. Again, please review our unaccepted items list before transporting donations or scheduling a home pickup. From behalf of all those receiving your donations, thank you for all of your help and generosity.